DMO lists N162.56bn Sovereign Sukuk on NSE, FMDQ
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has listed its third Sovereign Sukuk of N162.557 billion on the leading bourses in the country, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the FMDQ Securities Exchange.
The Sukuk is a 7-year 11.200 per cent Al Ijarah Sovereign Sukuk Due 2027.
The Sukuk which at the time of issuance was massively subscribed to the tune of ₦669.124 billion equivalent to 446 per cent oversubscription, was issued to finance 44 economic road projects across the six geo-geopolitical zones.
With the listing, the DMO explained in a statement on Thursday that investors who are already holding the Sukuk can trade them while new investors have an opportunity to buy the Sukuk in the secondary market.
The DMO started the issuance of Sovereign Sukuk in September 2017 as one of the measures towards attaining its strategic objective of bridging the infrastructure gap in Nigeria to promote job creation and economic growth.
Following the successful issuance of the ₦100 billion debut Sukuk in 2017, the DMO issued another ₦100 billion Sukuk in 2018.
The proceeds of the two Sukuks were deployed to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of road projects across Nigeria.
Through the Sovereign Sukuk initiative, the DMO has raised a total sum of ₦362.57 billion in less than three years for the rehabilitation and construction of major economic roads across the country.
In addition, it said by issuing Sovereign Sukuk, the product range available to investors in the domestic financial market has increased, while, several retail investors have been attracted to the financial markets.
The DMO reassured of its commitment to providing funding for the government, as approved from time to time, to finance the development of infrastructure whilst also deepening the domestic financial markets and mobilizing savings.