The Federal Government said on Monday that it is working to enhance mortgages given to National Housing Fund donors to the tune of N712 billion for the financing of about 100,000 housing units across the nation.
It announced this at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria’s (FMBN) inaugural Board and Management Retreat in Abuja, adding that efforts were underway to deliver one million affordable homes to Nigerians under the National Housing Programme.
Ayodeji Gbeleyi, Chairman of the FMBN Board of Directors, stated that the bank’s board had approved a strategy plan that would increase the amount of mortgages available for the construction of houses for Nigerians.
He said, “In line with the mandate of the Federal Government to expand the housing sector in general and deepen the mortgage sub-sector in particular, the bank’s board approved a five-year strategic plan covering the period 2020-2024 with focus on certain key performance indicators.
“The KPIs include growing the National Housing Fund contributions from N49bn in 2018 to N285bn per annum, increasing contributors from about 4.8 million in 2018 to 31.6 million in 2024, to finance a cumulative of 100,000 housing units and growing mortgages to N712bn in 2024.”
He said some of the measures being promoted towards achieving the targets of the five-year strategic plan included deepening mortgage penetration by facilitating access to homeownership, and growing and diversifying the funding mix through diversification of funding sources, among others.
Gbeleyi stated that to address the housing deficit in Nigeria, the Federal Government had initiated the National Housing Programme, adding that the NHP’s target was to provide millions of homes across the country.
“The NDP sets specific targets for the period 2021-2025 to improve access to affordable housing by delivering homes to Nigerians with a baseline of 500,000 per year and ultimately 1,000,000 per year, 20 per cent of which would be by the public sector,” he stated.
The FMBN boss, however, noted that despite the progress made, the high cost of building materials and challenges in accessing land and mortgage financing had remained major constraints in the real estate sub-sector.
“And by implication, the operations and performance of the FMBN,” Gbeleyi stated.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who officially unveiled FMBN’s corporate statement at the retreat, revealed that the bank would approach the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation to insure its contributors’ funds.
He said, “In and consistent with our current thinking, the National Council on Housing and Lands has adopted the recommendation for the bank to seek NDIC’s insurance of its contributors’ funds just as is done for depositors in other banks.”
“These are some of the actions and events of strategy repositioning, intended to deliver optimised performance.”