By Chijioke Ohuocha

 

Lagos (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 N440 billion ($1.44 billion).

 

 

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)

 

(Editing by David Goodman)

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