Shelter Afrique, a pan-African housing development financier, announced that the federal government has contributed $7.15 million in additional capital.
Nigeria contributed $9.4 million in additional capital to the institution in September 2020.
Shelter Afrique said in a statement on Monday that the additional stake brings Nigeria’s shareholding to 15.8%, one percent behind top shareholder Kenya, which holds 16.85 percent.
Other top three shareholders of Shelter Afrique whose shareholdings have changed include the African Development Bank (AfDB), which has dropped from 12.71 percent to 12.16 percent; Mali, which has dropped from 5.54 percent to 5.3 percent; and Ghana, which has dropped from 5.28 percent to 5.05 percent.
Lauding the government of Nigeria for its show of confidence in the institution, Kingsley Muwowo, chief finance officer, Shelter Afrique, said the move now places Nigeria in a good position to become the largest shareholder in Shelter-Afrique.
“We are grateful to the government of Nigeria for their continued support and the importance they have placed on affordable housing. We are especially grateful to the minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, (former) minister of state, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, and minister of Finance Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, for their long-term support and for honouring this significant payment. Additionally, we appreciate Nigeria’s active shareholder and board participation,” Muwowo said.
It said other countries that have so far ramped up the capital subscription in the pan-African housing development financier in 2022 are Swaziland and Burkina Faso which paid $317,854.54 and $34,610.00, respectively, for additional stakes.
“So far, we have received $7,504,295.45 in additional capital from member States within the last six months of 2022. We are grateful to our shareholders for this much-needed capital injection which will go a long way in strengthening the capital structure of the Company to support the ongoing fund-raising efforts to raise additional debt capital required to support the project pipeline which now stands at US$1 billion across 44 member countries,” Muwowo said.
Recently, Shelter Afrique completed a debut N46 billion ($110.7 million) series 1 fixed rate senior unsecured bond issuance in Nigeria’s capital market under its N200 billion ($481.3 million) bond issuance programme for housing and urban development in Nigeria.
According to the company, it plans similar bond issuance in East African markets, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.