‘FMBN ‘II To Deliver 16 million Housing Units’
The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has assured that the nation’s housing gap of 16 million housing units will be delivered by the bank in line with Vision 2020 which has a target to provide accommodation for the majority of the people.
The chairman, Board of Directors of the Bank, Alhaji Deda Atta who gave the assurance said the bank is restrategising to develop the mortgage market.
Atta said part of approach is to transform the bank from a mono-product entity operating the NHF into a multi-product organisation; fulfilling its statutory responsibility as a viable secondary mortgage.
He said the bank, in conjunction with private developers, will produce 1.5 million housing units each year for the next 11 years if the bank is to meet or cover housing provision by year 2020.
He promised that decent and affordable housing for all Nigerians will be achieved for the benefit of citizens, right from the grassroots level adding that before the end of 2009, FMBN will provide Nigerians with over 40,000 housing units.
Atta said the bank will be issuing mortgage based financial instruments on a regular basis to provide cheap, long-term funds for housing development.
Further more, he revealed that they have adopted additional strategies for the delivery of the housing unit, which include consolidation of capital market activities, attracting foreign funding and consolidation of national housing fund collection and funding operations.
Atta, who was optimistic about the full transformation of the bank, noted that the management is already exploring other sources of funds to assist in the recapitalisation of the bank, particularly the housing aspect.
He said the bank can only be positioned to meet its obligation on recapitalisation to at least the tune of N900 billion.
The chairman assured that the bank is poised to achieve this within a short term, adding that the step towards the objective is the issuance and the subsequent trances of the N100 billion bond to refinance the sale of federal government houses in the federal capital.
FMBN, the chairman said, will soon work on new mortgage-related products, such as Real Estate Investment Trust (REITS) mortgage and little insurance; to enhance the growth and widen participation of investors.
He said microfinance banking strategy for mortgage delivery and recently developed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) among the middle and low income class provides opportunities to tap into the stream of unbanked income cash flows of participating individuals to develop appropriate mortgage productions.
Infrastructure Deficit, Insecurity, Limit Maritime Contribution To GDP – Expert
A Maritime stake holder, and Chairman of Sifax Group, Taiwo Afolabi, has attributed maritime industry’s minimal contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to infrastructure deficit, insecurity on the nation’s waterways, low level of technology adoption, and deployment in the sector.
Afolabi made this known at the 5th Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime (TAAM) conference organised by the Maritime Forum of the faculty of law, University of Lagos.
Afolabi noted that other hindrances are foreign exchange bottleneck and inconsistent policies.
“These have limited the ability of the sector to contribute significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product GDP.
“If well harnessed, the maritime industry has the potential to become a major revenue earner for the country, particularly with the declining oil revenue.
“The lessons of the last few years as a nation should not be lost on us. The non-oil sector is increasingly becoming the mainstay of the country’s economy. We have funded our national budget in the last few years majorly without proceeds from oil but from other sectors.
“The days of our over reliance on oil is behind us now and it’s about time we focused on transitioning from an oil-dependent economy to non-oil reliance.
“The maritime sector, I can say without any fear of contradiction, will play a crucial role in this economic transitioning if more attention is committed to the industry.
“Judging by the potentials of the industry, we are of the opinion and belief that Nigeria’s maritime industry can rank among the best in the world.
“It will only take careful planning, progressive policies, generous funding, enabling environment, friendly economic policies, manpower development and massive infrastructural development”, he noted.
Loans Repayment Default: DMO Exonerates Nigeria
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has refuted the claim by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that Nigeria has defaulted in repaying its Chinese loans.
SERAP had in an earlier statement hailed the judgement that ordered the present regime led by President Muhammadu Buhari to account for how it spent $460 million obtained from China to fund the Abuja Closed-Circuit Television project which later was not implemented.
The NGO also quoted a report in its statement saying “Nigeria has failed to repay loans for which penalties stand at N41.31bn”.
But DMO in its refuttal said the statement is ‘false’ as Nigeria has not defaulted in its loan repayment.
It said, “Nigeria is fully committed to housing its debt obligations and has not defaulted on any of its debt service obligations”, DMO said on Monday.
SERAP had sued the Federal Government following a 2019 disclosure by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed that “Nigeria was servicing the loan”, adding that she had “no explanations on the status of the project”.
She reportedly said, “We are servicing the loan. I have no information on the status of the CCTV project”.
Giving his judgement, Justice Nwite agreed with SERAP that “there is a reasonable cause of action against the government. Accounting for the spending of the $460 million Chinese loan is in the interest of the public. It will be inimical for the court to refuse SERAP’s application for judicial review of the government’s action”.
The presiding justice also said the Minister of Finance is in charge of the finance of the country and “cannot by any stretch of imagination be oblivious of the amount of money paid to the contractors for the Abuja CCTV contract and the money meant for the construction of the headquarters of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)”, SERAP said.
CBN Names Four Firms To Print Cheques
Nigeria’s apex banking institution, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has named four local firms for the printing of cheques, excluding the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NPSMC) PLC.
The list of the approved firms for the printing of cheques was contained in a circular issued by CBN.
The circular, which was signed by the Director of Banking Services, Sam Okojere, said the approved firms include Superflux International Limited, Tripple Gee and Company, Yaliam Press Limited, and Marvelous Mike Press.
“The re-accreditation of Cheques Printers and Cheque Personalisers is in line with the relevant qualification criteria”, CBN stated.
The circular also revealed that seven banks were approved as personalisers of cheques: they are Zenith Bank Plc, Ecobank Plc, First Bank Ltd, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Keystone Bank Ltd, Providus Bank Ltd and Wema Bank Plc.
It further disclosed that all accredited printers and personalisers had been duly notified and certificates issued.
The Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company Plc is the sole printer of N200, N500, and N1000 new notes.
Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company Plc and Euphoria Group Limited were accredited and approved on Thursday, 04 December 2014, in a letter REF: BPS/DIR/GEN/CIR/02/033.
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