[2009 UNDER-17 WORLD CUP]
Compared to most countries, Nigeria has been largely shielded from the credit crunch affecting markets around the world, but that has
not stopped the Nigerian government pulling the plug on the organization of the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
The Nigerian government rejected the $314 budget to organize the
competition, slated to take place in November 2009.
"It is quite clear that in view of the current financial crisis, government alone cannot bear the cost," Information
Minister John Odey
said after a cabinet meeting. "We are exercising a lot of caution and prioritizing our needs."
foreign reserves -- in excess of $60 billion -- from oil income and its light debt burden make it rather stable, though the decline in oil prices should impact the country. Nigeria is the
world's eighth largest producer of oil.