FG to use N250bn Sukuk proceeds for road projects ― DMO

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The Federal Government has said that the proceeds of the FGN N250 billion series 1V Sukuk issuance would be used to finance key economic roads identified by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The N250 billion Ijarah Sukuk has a 10-year tenor and a fixed coupon of 12.80 per cent on maturity in 2031.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO), Patience Oniha, in Abuja, on Monday, at the media sensitisation to the issuance well as inviting investors within and outside Nigeria to participate in the sovereign Sukuk being issued.

According to the DMO’s DG, all categories of investors, including individuals, financial institutions such as Deposit Money Banks, Insurance companies, Pension Fund Administrators, Assets Management Companies, Non-Interest Financial Institutions, Cooperative Societies, Religious bodies and State Investment Companies are free to invest in the N250 billion Sukuk.

Ms Oniha pointed out that the Federal Government decided to issue the Sukuk fund for the construction and rehabilitation of key economic roads across Nigeria.

She explained that the government opted for Sukuk issuance to offer ethical investors an opportunity to invest in government-issued securities, to achieve a higher level of financial inclusion, raise project-tied funds and deepen the domestic financial markets.

“Rental payments will be credited bi-annually, directly to the investors’ bank accounts as and when due”, stressing that “at maturity, the principal investment will also be credited directly to the bank accounts specified by the investors in their application forms,” the DMO’s DG explained.

The DMO had issued three Sukuk previously in 2017, 2018 and 2020, raising a total of N362.57 billion to finance road projects across the six geo-political zones of the country.

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIF) defines Sukuk as “certificates of equal value representing undivided shares in ownership of tangible assets, usufruct and services or (in the ownership of) the assets of particular projects or special investment activity.”

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