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CBN Announces N200b Housing Fund For Low Income Earners


BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced a N200 billion mortgage finance loan to Family Homes Fund (FHF).

The apex bank says the fund is for the building of 300,000 homes in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the CBN framework for the implementation of the Family Homes Financing Scheme, the fund would be released to the FMF on project basis, subject to the cumulative maximum limit of N200 billion.

The CBN added that the three-year term loan will enable FHF finance the construction of social housing units for people on low income at an interest rate not more than five per cent per annum (all inclusive).

It said it introduced the financing initiative to support the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Programme adding that the programme was designed to utilise, at least, 90 per cent locally manufactured inputs so as to conserve foreign exchange.

“In that regard, the programme will deliberately aim to revitalise local manufacture of construction materials, including doors and windows, ironmongery, sanitary fittings, concrete products, tiles, glass, electrical fittings/fixtures and bricks, etc,” it said.

“For example, it is estimated that the programme will require up to 1.7 million doors, seven million door hinges and locks among others.

“The programme will house up to 900,000 children and adults (at an average of three persons/home) on low income with direct impact on health, education and economic outcomes.

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“Most of these would currently live in informal settlements with shared facilities in unsanitary environments.”

The initiative is to be implemented in collaboration with Family Homes Fund (FHF) Limited as the lead developer.