By Modupe Gbadeyanka The Federal Government has approved the appointment of the transaction parties for $1 billion euro bond issue. Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made this known when she addressed newsmen on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. She explained to journalists that the bond would serve as financial base for the implementation of 2016 budget. While addressing newsmen alongside Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed and that of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, Mrs Adeosun noted that the participating parties include Citi Group, Standard Chartered Bank, Standard IBTC holding plc, White and Case, Banwo & Ighodalo and Africa practice communications advisers. \u201cMy memo which is approved by council was for the appointment of the transaction parties for the $1 billion euro bond issue. \u201cThe bank transaction parties are Citi Group, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic IBTC, White and Case, Banwo & Ighodalo and Africa Practice Communications advisers. \u201cThe one billion euro bond programme is part of the funding of the 2016 budget and we hope to be able to commence that process in January,\u201d she said.