The Federal Government says the N100 billion Sovereign Sukuk bonds proceeds will be used to construct 642.69km roads across the nation.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said this at the presentation of the N100 billion cheque by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in Abuja on Thursday.
Fashola said the money was shared equally among the six geopolitical zones, meaning that each zone would get N16.67 billion for the number of roads to be completed in them.
Giving a breakdown, Fashola said six roads would be constructed in the North Central, five in the North East, four in the North West, another four in the South East, six in the South South and three in the South West.
Fashola said the impact of Sukuk bond would be felt on nation building through job creation, growth and employment.
He also said the Federal Government contractors would be the first beneficiaries, which would in turn trickle down to suppliers of building materials, artisans, miners and steel companies.
In addition, he said the entire economy would benefit from it as construction was a major driver of any economy.
Ahmed said there was a significant increase in the level of participation of retail investors from about four per cent in 2017 Sukuk issuance to 17.3 per cent in 2018.
She said this meant that the objective of financial inclusion and deepening of investor base of the Federal Government securities were gradually being achieved.
Ahmed clarified that the N100 billion Sukuk funds would be used to further support the government’s capital spending on road projects already captured in the 2018 budget.
Giving a breakdown of investors contribution to the funds raised, she said 40.69 per cent came from pension fund administrators, 17.5 per cent from Deposit Money Banks and 17.33 per cent from retail investors.
Also, she said that 11.65 per cent came from fund managers and non-bank financial institutions, 10.94 per cent from non-interest banks and 1.89 per cent of the fund came from other investors.
Also, the Director-General, Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, said the N100 billion Sovereign Sukuk was a seven-year bond and repayment would be due in 2025 at an interest rate of 15.74 per cent.
Some of the roads to benefit from the funds from the North Central include dualisation of Suleja-Minna road by Salini Construction Nigeria Limited.
In the North East, the dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri Road linking Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe and the contractor is Mothercat limited.
Similarly in the North West, the construction of Kaduna Eastern bypass would benefit from the funds and the project would be handled by Eksiogullari Nigeria Limited.
For the South East, the rehabilitation of Enugu/Port Harcourt Road by CGC Nigeria Limited.
In the South South, the dualisation of Yenegwe Road junction to Kolo/Otuoke to Bayelsa Palm by CCECC Nigeria Limited.
In the South West, the dualisation of the Ibadan-Ilorin Road by Reynolds Construction Company would benefit from the funds.