The federal government has announced approval for the issuance of another tranche of N100 billion Sukuk bond for the construction of roads in Nigeria.
This was disclosed at a Two-Day Training on Sukuk Structurisation and Management yesterday in Abuja, organised by the Metropolitan Skills Ltd in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance, and Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC).
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Metropolitan Skills Ltd, Ms. Ummahani Amin, gave the hint that the second tranche of the Sukuk bond will be issued in October 2018 by the Debt Management Organization (DMO).
Amin noted that the first N100 billion Sukuk issued last year recorded a huge success, promising that this year’s own will not be different.
“We are doing the second tranche now because the first one was successful and oversubscribed. N100 billion was involved in the first and the second is on the way.
“So we are looking at the same infrastructure, construction of roads across Nigeria and the six geopolitical zones. This has never happened in the history of Nigeria for infrastructure,” she said.
Amin informed that the essence of the workshop was to create more awareness on the Sukuk bond in Nigeria and West Africa. She added that partners from the Gambia were in attendance so as to sell Sukuk to their government.
Also, Dr. Ahmad Dogarawa who was the key speaker on Sukuk Structurisation and Management advised that Nigeria Government should explore Sukuk as an alternate and viable source of raising finance.
Dogarawa noted that Islamic Banking also referred to as non-interest and Sharia banking has been embraced as the future of the global economy.
To this end, he disclosed that despite the negative campaign over its Sharia law affiliation, most Southern states have keyed in and invested more in Sukuk because of its economic benefits.
He stressed that the attractiveness of Sukuk is influenced by its non-interest loans and Sharia compliance, competitive pricing, ease of clearing and settlement.
Dogarawa who lectures at the Department of Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, explained that Sukuk is mostly rated because it can be listed in most exchanges; has wide range of maturities, coupon fixed/floating; as well as available to institutions and retail investors.
He noted that governments across the world recommend Sukuk because its a “suitable instrument for treasuries to attract global investors; provides diversification of investor base and instruments; may be utilised to achieve long-term funding for infrastructure projects; and sets benchmark for financial institutions and corporate issuances”.
Dogarawa further stated that Financial Institutions can also issue Sukuk for “a long-term funding instrument to support balance sheet growth and maturity mismatch for Islamic Banks, and to fund their balance sheets in order to support their growth and become more competitive”.
For Corporations, he said the issuance of Sukuk is for a long-term funding instrument to support growth; access to various new markets and new investors; and diversification”.