By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—THE management of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, is seeking the approval of N500 billion from the government to recapitalise its operations.
Managing Director of FMBN, Ahmed Dangiwa, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at State House, Abuja, explained that recapitalisation of the bank would attract over 10 times of local and informal investment.
He said: “We have to seek recapitalisation because even commercial banks have recapitalised over time. N5 billion has been the share capital of the bank but only N2.5 billion has been paid.
“Even other private mortgage banks have capitalised over N5 billion. With the recapitalisation of N500 billion, we will attract investment both local and informal; over 10 times of that investment and it is going to reposition the bank properly.”
On his reason for meeting behind closed doors with the Vice President, Dangiwa said: “We came to see the Vice President as a follow up to our request on capitalisation and other requests and also to brief the Vice-President about our activities so far.
“We have briefed him on some of the activities we have rolled out like the Rent to Own and the introduction of Equity contributions by the NHF that we have just commenced.”
Also fielding question on what was new that the bank had rolled out, he said: “What is new is that with the Rent to Own product, you don’t need to have any equity contribution and second, you enter into the house as a tenant and over years, it becomes your own just like owner occupier basis.
“It reduces debt turn around time; you find out that off-takers do not need to go through any PMBN to access that loan.
“You just find the estate that you want and you enter there in collaboration with your employer and then the house becomes your own.
“It has started already; we have funded estates all over the country; over 20 states across the federation, which any contributor to NHF can now go and choose the house he or she wants within those estates.
“FMBN offices within those states will then profile you and then send to the head office for approval.”
He said that the Vice-President appreciated the efforts that the management was making; and promised to take it to the National Economic Council meeting for further deliberations.
He said already the bank had committed over N65 billion to the project.
He said the bank did not have much challenge apart from the fact that they want people to come in and know that NHF was working; and to know that the estates were there for people to go and choose and then move in.