LASG saves N10b from restructuring of LCC loan from lenders

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

Lagos State Executive Council has approved the restructuring of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) loan facility provided by local and international lenders.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the state government said that it has paid a total of N9.8billion in full and final settlement of LCC’s indebtedness to its international lender, which granted a 21.16 per cent haircut (reduction) to the state.

Commenting further on the move, Ayorinde in the statement said as a result, a sum of N3.15billion was saved by the state government.

Ayorinde said that in addition, local lenders, whose interest rate was 18.5 per cent at the consummation of the facility, offered a 12 per cent haircut and also fully paid with a restructured loan at 13.5 per cent, thereby creating a savings of N8.7billion for the government.

Ayorinde also reiterated the State Government’s commitment to continue to deploy appropriate public finance management principles to ensure adequate provision of infrastructure to all Lagosians.

In a related development, Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi, urged citizens to continue to pay their taxes as at when due, since according to him, more facilities are being provided by government through the tax payers’ obligation to government.

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