FG Processing Release Of Sukuk Funds For Road Projects – DMO

FG Processing Release Of Sukuk Funds For Road Projects  – DMO

The Debts Management Office says the Federal Government is processing the release of another funds to contractors working on the road projects.
The DMO said the release was based on the documents recently received from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing that it was implementing the road projects.
It said in a statement in Lagos that the release of the fund was expected to accelerate work on the road projects.
The road projects are being financed by the proceeds of the N100 billion Sovereign Sukuk Bond, which was over-subscribed by N5.88 billion in September.
The N100 billion seven-year debut Sukuk offer closed on September 22.
The Federal Government had on October 4 in Abuja released N100 billion to road contractors to facilitate the construction and rehabilitation of 25 priority road projects across the six geo-political zones.
Sukuk Bonds are Islamic financial instruments structured in such a way to generate returns to investors without infringing the Islamic Law that prohibits “riba” (interest taking).
The bondholders are entitled to a share of the revenues generated by the Sukuk assets.
It said: “This is in line with the plans of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to provide a better driving experience for motorists during the December festive period.”
DMO said that the introduction of Sukuk by the Federal Government, as a financing instrument, has been endorsed by many Nigerians because of the direct link between borrowing and project implementation.
Sukuk financing is required to be asset-backed and the approval received from the sole regulatory body for non-interest financial products in Nigeria- the Financial Regulatory Advisory Council of Experts.

Source: The Eagle