July 2, 2018 / 5:44 PM / 5 months ago

Nigeria mortgage agency seeks approval for $1.4 bln debt programme

LAGOS, July 2 (Reuters) - Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) plans to seek approval from members by the end of the month to triple the size of its debt programme to 440 billion naira ($1.44 billion), the state-backed mortgage agency said on Monday.

Nigeria set up a mortgage-backed guarantee company in 2014, partly with World Bank aid, in an effort to boost lending through the creation of a secondary housing market, which is virtually non-existent in Africa’s most populous nation.

NMRC said the notes could be issued through non-convertible loans and bonds, either through public offering, private placement or a book-building process, it said in a notice to members. ($1 = 305.2500 naira) (Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha Editing by David Goodman)

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