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The future of Africa lies in its cities – so let’s get it right

Given the abundance of natural resources in the continent, it is a tempting proposition to think that Africa’s economic prosperity lies in the efficient management of resource revenue.


Nigerian banks risk share, bond prices decline on Moody’s negative rating

Banks in Nigeria are at risk of decline in stock prices as well as increase in yields on existing bonds following the negative outlook for Nigerian and other African banks by Moody’s Investor Service. The rating review to negative from a stable outlook came barely a week after the New York-based agency changed the outlook…


Concerns mount as squatter settlements spread in Abuja, environs

Stakeholders have expressed worries that illegal structures, mostly squatter settlements are springing up and spreading in many districts of Abuja, saying if the trend is not checked, may become ugly sight in the nation’s capital. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nigeria has stated that about 80 million Nigerians, representing 79 percent of […]


Capital Market Can Finance Nigeria’s Infrastructure, Says SEC

There is no better time than now for the federal and state governments to leverage opportunities provided by the capital market for sourcing infrastructure financing, the Acting Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms. Mary Uduk, said at the weekend.


Stonewood Alchemy Real Estate adds 44 properties to US portfolio

SA property group Stonewood Alchemy Real Estate (SARE) is making its second investment in the world’s largest commercial property market, the US.


How South Africans are finding inflation beating returns in alternative asset investments

Private market investing is becoming mainstream in South Africa as investors shift to assets such as private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure says the team at Ashburton Investments Alternative Asset Management.


BON Hotels to open 22 properties in Nigeria

Twenty-two hotel properties will be added to Nigerian hospitality industry in the next three years. The 22 hotels by BON will add about 6000 bed spaces to the Nigeria hospitality industry. The new hotel developments are set for major city routes in the North and South. Among the major cities and towns the hotels will […]


Nigeria’s Human Development Index drops by one position

A new report by the United Nations Development Programme released this morning has shown Nigeria’s Human Development Index (HDI) dropped by one position to 158 out of a total of 189 countries in 2018 from 157 in 2017.


FMBN has low capital base – MD

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) does not have a strong capital base and this is affecting its ability to provide low-cost housing in Nigeria thereby exposing Nigerian workers to high-end properties within the country.


FG, exchange move to tackle housing deficit

Efforts to tackle housing shortages in the country received a boost, as FMDQ Securities Exchange (FMDQ) Plc has resolved to partner with the Federal Government to develop products that will address the nation’s hosing deficits. Chief Executive Officer of FMDQ, Bola Onadele, disclosed this at a seminar on infrastructure development in Lagos at the weekend.


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