The Lagos State Government is proposing to raise ethical and sustainable financing such as Sukuk, Green, and Blue Bonds to execute infrastructure projects that would further consolidate the State’s position as an economic nerve centre.
The Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, made the disclosure at a training session for the Staff of Debt Management Office on Sukuk Issuance, facilitated by STL Trustees at the State Treasury Resource Centre, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja. According to the Commissioner, the appetite of investors across the world is for ethical and sustainable financing which, ultimately, is a win-win situation for all parties.
Dr. Olowo said: “We must recognise other innovative ways of financing and the Debt Management Office is an integral part of structuring this financing. We want to see the impact of how we can raise finance, we want to be able to dream and be a pathfinder”.
The Commissioner appreciated the Management and staff of STL Trustees for the training, which is part of the State’s capacity building for Staff, and advised trainees to make good use of the opportunity to assist Lagos State in raising finance, generating wealth and bringing solutions.
Mrs. Ekundayo reiterated that STL Trustees has been part of every tranche of Bonds raised by Lagos State, which underscores the long partnership with the State.
In her closing remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Debt Management Office, Mrs. Rukayat Alake Sanusi, expressed appreciation to STL Trustees for organising the training and assured that it will be immensely beneficial to officers during the State’s maiden Sukuk Issuance. Sukuk is a financial certificate issued as securities of equal denomination representing individual ownership interests in a portfolio of eligible existing or future interests.