13.05.2013 - Nigeria: Crashing oil prices might wipe out Nigeria's Excess Crude Account balances, IMF warns
Despite a projection that Nigeria's external reserves might rise to an average of between $80 and $85 billion in the next four years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned against the negative impact of the declining oil price in recent times, saying the country's Excess Crude Account could be depleted under a year. The IMF's Senior Resident Representative in Nigeria, Scott Rogers, gave the warning while presenting highlights of the Staff Report on the 2012 Article IV Consultation, to be published soon by the Fund. According to Mr. Rogers, a decline in international oil prices to $97 per barrel (annual average) would begin to erode the ECA balances, while a fall to $80-85 is capable out wiping out ECA balances within a year; pointing out that with lower oil revenue and expenditure restraint by government, "fiscal deficits are projected to re-emerge.".........................................Full Article: Source