Lagos Pays N141bn to Bond Subscribers

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Gboyega Akinsanmi

The Lagos State Government tuesday disclosed that it had paid a total sum of N141.59 billion to bond holders in its various fixed rate bond programmes.

The bonds are the Lagos State N80 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 1 floated in 2012 with a maturity date of 2013; N87.5 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 2 floated in 2013 with a maturity date of 2020 and N47 billion fixed rate programme 3, series 1 floated in 2016 with a maturity date of 2023.

The figures were revealed on Tuesday at the fifth annual general meeting (AGM) between the state government and bond holders held in Lagos.

In the N80 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 1 bond, the state government as at September 2017 had paid N76.17 billion to bond holders out of the N97.43 billion it contributed to the bond, leaving a balance of N30.34 billion invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

In the N87.5 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 2 bond, the sum of N61.44 billion was paid to bond holders out of the N75.91 billion contributed by government, leaving a balance of N18.49 billion invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

In the N47 billion fixed rate programme 3, Series 1 bond floated last year, the sum of N3.9 billion had been paid to bond holders out of the N4.2 billion contributed by the government as at September 2017, leaving a balance of N229.7 million which had been invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

After the meeting, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade disclosed that the various bonds had been used to upscale infrastructure development in the state in the areas of roads and bridges construction, water, transportation, health and waterfront infrastructural development.

According to him, $50 billion was needed to address infrastructure deficits in the state, which he said, was part of the reasons the government floated bonds to bridge the gap. Over time, two bridges had been constructed with the proceeds from the bonds while major infrastructure projects were upgraded across the metropolis.

Ashade said the state government was committed to uplifting its debt ratings and would borrow at reduced rate, saying that in the coming year, government was going to invest massively in projects.