The Central Bank of Nigeria announced that InfraCorp Plc, the N15trn Infrastructure Fund which will boost funding for capital projects, will be launched in October.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at the annual banking and finance conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
He said that the project, which was conceptualised by the CBN alongside African Finance Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, will help to address the challenge of infrastructure deficit in the country.
He said, “In this regard, I am pleased to announce that InfraCorp, the infrastructure company being created by the CBN, African Finance Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to raise N15trn, will be unveiled in October, 2021.
“InfraCorp would enable the use of mostly private capital to support infrastructure investment that will have a multiplier effect on growth across critical sectors.
“The purpose of the N15tn being raised is to address some of our infrastructure needs, while providing reasonable returns to investors.
“We believe this well-structured fund can act as a catalyst for growth in the medium and the long run. The support of the banking community will be important in achieving this objective.”
The CBN Governor also noted that Nigerian banks have become not only strong and resilient, but have also carved a good niche in the world.
To consolidate on the growth and resilience of Nigerian Banks in the last decade, he said that the Central Bank, will, in the next 12 months be establishing the Nigerian International Financial Centre.
Source The Punch