DMO rollout N250 billion Sukuk on Nigerian Exchange

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Debt Management Office DG, Nigeria - Patience Oniha

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has listed the N250 billion, 10-year 13% Ijarah Sovereign Sukuk due 2031, on Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The Ijarah Sovereign Sukuk was successfully listed on NGX after meeting the requirements established by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Financial Regulatory Advisory Council of Experts (FRACE), which stated that trading in the instrument would only be permitted after the start of work on the road projects planned for construction using the Sukuk assets.

What the DMO is saying: 

1. DMO noted that the listing will facilitate its trading and provide liquidity to investors, further deepening the Nigerian capital market.

2. The Ijarah Sovereign Sukuk which was issued on December 29, 2021, would finance the rehabilitation and construction of key economic road projects across the six geopolitical zones in the country.

3. According to DMO, the proceeds of the Sukuk will be dedicated to road projects and will enable the government to achieve significant progress in bridging the infrastructure gap in Nigeria.

What you must know: 

1. In 2021, DMO listed the N162.6b seven-year Sukuk with a rental rate of 11.20% on the Exchange to be used for financing the rehabilitation and construction of key road projects across the 36 states and the FCT.

2. The issuance and subsequent listing of the Sovereign Sukuk on the NGX platform underscore the Federal Government’s drive to develop the critical infrastructure needed to unlock economic growth, by leveraging innovative and cost-effective financing structures.

3. NGX welcomes this listing on the bourse, which will provide an exit opportunity for existing investors and further deepen the Nigerian capital market, particularly, the relatively nascent Sukuk market.

4. By enhancing access to the Federal Government and the private sector, NGX has promoted and supported the growth of the debt market in Nigeria with listings worth over N2 trillion in 2021.

5. The Exchange continues to deliver on its commitment to provide a platform for issuers and investors to meet their investment objectives.

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