Tax relief, Islamic banking not enough for infrastructure in Nigeria, says Fashola

The Federal Government is to utilize Infrastructure Bond Investment from finance institutions and investors to fast-track road/bridge projects development across the country.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Tuesday, while receiving institutional investors from HSBC, China Group 3 and 4, led by the Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC, Dr. Damola Sogunle, in his office.
Fashola explained that to finance road/bridge projects through tax relief and Islamic banking “Sukuk”, cannot be enough to provide infrastructure development in Nigeria, adding that Infrastructure Bond Instrument will complement government’s efforts at providing the needed critical infrastructure to end users.

Fashola stressed the need for a reset in Nigeria’s housing sector, saying the “financial establishment must stand as the vanguard of the reset,” by borrowing a leaf from countries that had successfully utilised similar investment practices, such as the United Kingdom.