By Nse Anthony-Uko
ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) – The Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Mr Abraham Nwankwo on Thursday urged everyone to take advantage of the new Federal Government of Nigeria Savings Bond (FGNSB) designed purposefully to favour the poor and give them a stake in government.
The Bond, which requires investment as little as N5,000 to as high as N50million, will open to the public from next Monday, through Friday.
The director general was addressing leaders of market unions and leaders of middle income earner organisations in an advocacy/sensitization workshop on the FGN Savings Bond in Onitsha.
He said that over the years, the federal government has issued bond, but it remained elitist bonds, which were sold as wholesale bond to privileged individuals, corporate companies and organisation.
“All these super rich individuals bought it as wholesale bond, but the difference we have in the FGNSB is that we are making these bond available to the ordinary Nigerians.
“There are a lot to benefits I investing in the FGNSB. First is that it is an opportunity for the common man to have a stake in the country. You can boost of having borrowed to the federal government.
“Again, your investment has interest accruing to you, straight into your bank account, and your interest is tax free. There are many benefits.
“By Monday next week, the savings bond will open, and it will remain open for five days. We will also disclose the interest rate, and everyone is at liberty to buy. You can invest from as little as N5,000 to as high as N50million,” Nwankwo said.
The workshop featured teachings on the workings of bond, and how to purchase them. DMO’s Director of portfolio management, Oladele Afolabi took participants through a lecture on the bonds, while reeling out the list of accredited stockbrokers.
Chairman of Niger Bridgehead market, Mr Emmanuel Anagu who spoke on behalf of other market leaders at the event stated that he is truly convinced that the DMO means well for the poor by taking the workshop to traders in Onitsha.
“Before now, we hear of sales of federal government bond, but it is usually for the very rich, but today the federal government has brought it down to us, but what we ask is that we must make this workshop a regular one to drum it into the mi D’s of our people.”
The DG also reiterated the importance of the purchase of the savings bond, saying that it could serve as a means of saying for the future.
“Let me also tell you that in the case of emergency, you can sell your bond before the maturity period to solve your problems. Of course we know that Onitsha people are very resourceful, and can provide the money needed by the federal government.”