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Shelter Afrique recently finished its first bond issuance in Nigeria’s capital market, which was a 46 billion nairas ($110.7 million) Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bond Issuance. This was done as part of Shelter Afrique’s 200 billion nairas ($481.3 million) bond issuance programme, which will be used for the development of housing and urban areas in Nigeria.

Shelter Afrique was able to exercise the ‘green shoe’ option and raise an additional 6 billion (US $14.4 million) more than the original 40 billion plan (US $96.3 million) because the dual-tranche bond issuance was oversubscribed by 60.7%, with the order book peaking at 64.3 billion (US $154.6 million). This allowed Shelter Afrique to raise an additional 40 billion (US $96.3 million).

The high rate of oversubscription is evidence that investors have faith in Shelter Afrique’s mission to facilitate the construction of housing in Africa, as well as the institution’s excellent management team, business plan, and credit profile.

According to the report, Africa’s urbanization rate will continue to grow among the fastest of the world regions in the coming years as its population grows, which is expected to double by the year 2050.

“We urge policymakers across the continent to enact policies that will encourage urban growth modelled around economic development and poverty eradication,” Dr. Gambo said.

Dr. Gambo, however, noted that funding urban growth still remains a formidable challenge for many countries, but believes it’s achievable.

The government’s plan, under what was dubbed the Big 4 Agenda was to see low-cost housing provided for those earning between KSh15,000 (US$150) to KSh49,000 (US$50). There was also a plan to cover those with little or no income at all. 

But questions on how the houses would be allocated threw cold water on the project which sounded like a scam every time government officials tried to explain the proposal and how it would work.