Nigeria's Debt Management Office (DMO) listed the N162.557billion, 7-year, FGN Ijarah Sukuk with a rental rate of 11.20 percent on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Thursday, 18 March 2021.
The third Sovereign Sukuk was issued on June 16, 2020, and will finance the rehabilitation and construction of key economic road projects across the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The listing allows members of the general public who invested in the 2020 Sukuk bonds now sell their investments while creating room for those who currently wish to invest in Sukuk.
Speaking about the listing of the third Sovereign Sukuk, the Director-General, DMO, Ms. Patience Oniha stated, “We are excited that the trading of this Sukuk is now permissible having fulfilled the condition for listing stipulated by the Financial Regulatory Advisory Council of Experts (FRACE) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The FGN Sukuk may only be listed for trading on relevant exchanges after the commencement of works on the Road project for the construction of the Sukuk assets. This is in order to create a pool of assets consisting of non-financial and financial assets that could be freely traded while avoiding the prohibition of dealing in interest-based transactions arising out of the sale of debt and exchange of currency not at par.”
NGX Limited also said it welcomes the listing of the third Sovereign Sukuk on the bourse which will provide exit opportunity for existing investors and further deepen the Nigerian capital market, particularly, the relatively nascent Sukuk market.
The issuance and subsequent listing of the Sovereign Sukuk on the NGX underscore the Federal Government’s drive for the development of critical infrastructure needed to unlock economic growth, by leveraging innovative and cost-effective financing structures