The Debt Management Office (DMO) has listed two new Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) savings bonds for subscription at N1,000 per unit.
According to the DMO, the first one is a two-year savings bond maturing on June 15, 2024, at an interest rate of 8.20 percent per annum.
The second is a three-year savings bond due maturing on June 15, 2025, at 9.20 percent per annum interest rate.
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“Offer opens on Monday, June 6 and closes on Friday, June 10; settlement date is June 15.
“They are offered at N1,000 per unit, subject to a minimum subscription of N5,000, and in multiples of N1,000 thereafter, subject to a maximum subscription of N50 million.
“Interest payment will be made quarterly, while total sum invested (bullet repayment) will be made on maturity date”, the DMO stated.
It added that the FGN bonds qualify as securities in which trustees could invest under the Trustee Investment Act.
“They also qualify as government securities within the meaning of Company Income Tax Act and Personal Income Tax Act; for Tax Exemption and for Pension Funds, among others”, it stated.
The savings bonds are listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange and qualify as liquid assets for liquidity ratio calculation in banks.
“FGN bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government of Nigeria and charged upon the general assets of Nigeria”, it also stated.
The DMO urged interested investors to contact stock broking firms appointed as distributors or visit its website: www.dmo.gov.ng for the list of distributors.
The DMO was established on 4th October, 2000 to centrally coordinate the management of Nigeria’s debt, which was hitherto being done by a myriad of establishments in an uncoordinated fashion. This diffused debt management strategy led to inefficiencies. For instance, in the FMF alone, four different departments have functions for the management of external debt in the following format:
- External Finance Department: responsible for all Paris Club debts and for the management of public debt statistics;
- Multilateral Institutions Department: responsible for relationships with all multilateral institutions (excluding the African Development Bank and its subsidiaries such as ADF and the NTF, which is handled by the ABER Department). It is also responsible for managing and servicing multilateral debt;
- Africa and Bilateral Economic Relations (ABER) Department: responsible for liaising with the ADB and its subsidiaries, ECOWAS, and all non-Paris Club bilateral creditors;
- Treasury Department (OAGF): responsible for issuing mandate to the CBN for payment of all external debts;
- Foreign Exchange and Trade Relations Department: responsible for issuing reconfirmation for payment externalization to the CBN and for documenting repayment and servicing of external debts;