The Debt Management Office has revealed that it raised N130bn from its N100bn Ijarah Sukuk bonds, which were issued on November 21, 2022.
This was contained in a statement on its website on Monday in which it said that it recorded 165 per cent oversubscription on the bonds.
Since it was introduced in 2017, Sukuk bonds have provided N612.56bn for the Federal Government and have helped in funding 71 roads and six bridges, measuring 1,881 kilometres across the country.
The current amount pushed the total amount raised to N742.56bn.
The statement read in part, “The Debt Management Office is pleased to inform the public of the successful conclusion of the Issuance of N100bn Sovereign Al ’Ijarah Sukuk. The Offer for N100bn opened on November 21, 2022 and was supported by wide public sensitization to encourage subscription from diverse investors, particularly the retail investors.
“The initial Offer size of N100bn was upsized to N130bn due to the over 165 per cent subscription level. The Sukuk was issued at a Rental Rate of 15.64 per cent per annum. This brings the total Sovereign Sukuk Issuance to N742.56bn as at date.”
The DMO noted that the proceeds of the 2022 Sovereign Sukuk, like the previous Sukuk Issue Proceeds, would be used solely for the construction and rehabilitation of key road projects through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
Recent reports said the amount paid on rentals for Sukuk bonds rose from N8.17bn in the first quarter of 2022 to N33.13bn by the second quarter, showing a 305.51 per cent increase.