- AHCN, CBN to Raise N500bn for Mass Housing
The Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria have commenced the structuring of a N500bn intervention fund to facilitate mass housing construction across the country.
The AHCN is a body with over 50-member organisations consisting of federal and state housing/property agencies, housing research institutes, mortgage establishments and private estate developers, as well as the Federal Housing Authority, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.
The President and Chairman of Council, AHCN, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, said findings by the association over the years showed that most prospective home seekers, who were genuinely in need of housing, lacked the financial wherewithal to get it.
Adamu, who stated this during a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the FMBN, Mr. Ahmed Dangiwa, noted that the association had also found out that there were many completed housing units in parts of the country lying unsold and uninhabited due to their high costs.
In his speech at the event, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, Adamu observed that in a bid to address this affordability question, the AHCN decided to work with the CBN in order to raise the required funds needed for the construction of mass housing.
He said, “This affordability question has created serious challenge to the availability of housing finance into the sector, as real estate financiers usually request for off-taker guarantee before getting facility for any housing project.
“Bothered by this scenario, the association has decided to create an off-takers’ database throughout Nigeria in partnership with Value Chain Project Consultant Limited, and we have commenced the process of structuring a N500bn revolving housing intervention fund from the CBN to facilitate mass housing construction for Nigerians.”
Adamu stated that the backing of the FMBN was important to the association’s move for the revolving housing intervention fund from the CBN, as well as in providing mortgages for the off-takers that would be generated for AHCN’s projects across the country.
He noted that the group was also working hard to secure alternative sources of finance for mass housing construction, especially from foreign funding agencies, in a bid to reduce the dependency on the FMBN and the CBN.
In his address, the FMBN boss told the AHCN delegation that the bank had enjoyed the relationship between both organisations, adding that members of the association had received Estate Development Loans from the financial institution for the delivery of about 10,000 housing units nationwide.
“Although the Estate Development Loan window has been suspended, note that it is still open to state-owned housing corporations, which are developing houses for workers/contributors to the National Housing Fund scheme,” Dangiwa added.
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank has implemented the CBN scheme which offers N5 for every Dollar received into domiciliary accounts or as cash over the counter. Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, of Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos stated that the decision is in line with the CBN directive and fully aligns with efforts to encourage the inflow of diaspora remittances into the country.
She noted that the “CBN Naira 4 dollar scheme” is an unprecedented incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.
Korede Demola-Adeniyi said that the scheme takes effect from 8th March and will run till 8th May 2021. “Ecobank will pay N5 on every Dollar so beneficiaries will not only get the foreign currency sent from their family and friends abroad, but they will also get extra Naira”, she stated.
Only recently, Ecobank had a first-of-its-kind virtual Diaspora Summit to discuss opportunities for Nigerians living abroad and the various platforms available to assist them with their investment decisions and remittance needs. The event had major players in the remittance space, diaspora audience, government officials and notable stakeholders in attendance.
Further, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has disclosed that apart from consistent engagement with Nigerians in the diaspora, Ecobank is leveraging its digital technology to make remittances to Nigeria and Africa easy, convenient and affordable.
Mr. Akinwuntan stated that growing evidence has shown a positive relationship between diaspora remittances and economic growth.
“Ecobank will continue to pursue its mandate of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa, through the 33 countries where the bank operates on the continent. Ecobank’s Rapidtransfer and mobile app (Ecobank Mobile) enable Africans, wherever they are, to easily and instantly send money to bank accounts, mobile wallets and agent locations across 33 African countries”, he stated.
Ecobank Nigeria, a member of the Pan African Banking Group is committed to supporting Africans in the diaspora by providing advisory services, remittance solutions, investment options and financial planning schemes. The bank also offers mortgages, treasury bills, capital market instruments, among others.
Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc
The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.
His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.
The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.
FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).
The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.
For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.
COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year
Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.
The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.
In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.
The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.
“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:
“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.
“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”
It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.
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