Operators in the built environment have stated that the recapitalization of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria was long overdue.

The Executive Secretary of the Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria, Toye Eniola, said in an exclusive interview that the recapitalization of the Federal Mortgage was inevitable given the current economic situation.

He asserted, “The prices of building materials and construction have gone up and more funds would be required in the system. Recapitalization will assist the Federal Mortgage in creating adequate and more mortgages to service affordable housing provision and create a vibrant mortgage market in Nigeria.

“The Federal Mortgage loan is a single digit of six per cent interest and recapitalization will not make any difference because it is a special loan backed by law and would only be changed by the same law that established it. However, recapitalization of the Federal Mortgage cannot guarantee a single-digit interest rate in the general mortgage market because of the monetary policy and capital market forces dictated by government lending rates and where mortgage institutions are sourcing their funding.”

Also, a realtor with eXp Realty LLC, Abdulfatai Garba, argued that recapitalizing the Federal Mortgage was one of the steps necessary to achieve affordable housing in Nigeria.

He said, “Since the current administration is determined to provide affordable homes to Nigerians, it can revisit and change the law and policy to recapitalize the Federal Mortgage and make it a solvent institution that can help the masses. Recapitilising the Federal Mortgage is one of the steps necessary to achieve affordable housing in Nigeria.

“Recapitalizing the Federal Mortgage is not going to guarantee a single-digit loan across the board in Nigeria but will create an opportunity for competition that would make the double-digit lenders seat up. Look at the recent case of Air Peace. Did you see how the airlines were cutting their prices? Competition creates an atmosphere where everyone would give their best, which ultimately might benefit the consumers, who are the ordinary Nigerians.”