The Federal Government on Thursday completed the process required for the funding of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 major economic roads in the six geopolitical zones of the country, using the N100bn sovereign sukuk.
According to the government, each geopolitical zone is to get an equal amount of N16.67bn for the rehabilitation of selected roads.
Last month, the Federal Government commenced the sale of the N100bn sovereign sukuk in the local market to fund road infrastructure.
The Debt Management Office had announced that the seven-year Islamic bond, which was structured as a lease, would yield 16.47 percent rental rate, payable semi-annually.
The ministers of Power, Works and Housing, and Finance, Babatunde Fashola and Kemi Adeosun, as well as the Director-General, DMO, Patience Oniha, met with heads of about 10 construction companies in Abuja on Thursday, where Adeosun presented the N100bn cheque to Fashola for the projects.
The Finance minister stated that the sukuk was over-subscribed, as over N105bn was realized, adding that N100bn was pulled out for the purpose of road construction.
She said, “This is the first sukuk in Nigeria and it is an important development in our financial market because it will deepen it. It was over-subscribed; we got N105.87bn and we are giving N100bn to the ministry of works. This money is going to be used for economic roads.”
The government outlined the number of roads to be rehabilitated in each of the zones to include five each in the North-Central and South-South; four each in the North-East, North-West and South-East; and three in the South-West.
Arab Contractor Nigeria Limited, CGC Nigeria, CCECC Nigeria Limited, Salini Nigeria Limited, Reynolds Construction Company Nigeria Limited and Setraco Nigeria Limited are some of the beneficiary contractors.