FG To Issue Historic 30-Year Naira Bond. SARAUTA MAGAZINE
Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s minister of finance. SARAUTA MAGAZINE

The Debt Management Office says plans are underway to issue a 30-year naira bond which would be the first-ever in Nigeria’s history.

Concise News reports that speaking in Abuja on Thursday, the DMO says the bond would attract long-term investors and extend the maturity profile of the nation’s debt.

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Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, had disclosed the federal government’s plan to borrow a total of N1.649 trillion to fund the deficit of the 2019 budget.

Ahmed had said the government would opt for a 50:50 foreign and domestic lending pattern and consider cheap concessionary loans to reduce cost.

According to Patience Oniha, DMO director general, the bond would help develop the domestic capital market and reducing the re-financing risk of the government.

“The funds raised would create jobs and build infrastructure,” the DMO said.

“The debt would be raised via federal government bonds, Islamic sukuk and green bonds to fund projects to reduce carbon emissions.”

Data provided by the DMO as of December 2018 shows that the total public debt was N24.39 trillion.

The national assembly has to approve the borrowing plan before it can be executed.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the federal executive council meeting approved the appointment of transaction parties for the payment of N3.4 trillion.

According to Ahmed, the amount would be used to settle pension liabilities, owed salaries and debt owed to contractors.

The advisers appointed Zenith Bank, United Bank for Africa, Access Bank, some merchant banks and law firms.