The total Non-Performing Loans (NPL) recorded by banks for the real estate and construction sectors increased by 66.57%, as the NPL rose to N226.62 billion in 2020 from N136.05 billion in the same period in 2019.
This was disclosed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Selected Banking Sector Data: Sectorial Breakdown of Credit, ePayment Channels and Staff Strength report.
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Experts blamed the development on the challenges facing the real estate sector, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, as they tasked the Federal Government to pay adequate attention to the sector.
The Managing Director, Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Plc, Dr Olabanjo Obaleye, explained that many companies affected by the pandemic had folded up, as housing subscribers were finding it difficult to service their mortgage payment.
He said, “There are two companies that have just collapsed due to the inability of their owners to get foreign exchange for the importation of raw materials.
“On the level of government support on COVID-19, there is nothing visible we have seen. We have read so many pronouncements on that from the government but we haven’t got any palliative in that respect. We have made proposals to government through our relevant authority but there is a need for certain funds to be set aside for this.”
A real estate practitioner and also the Vice President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (LCCI) Gbenga Ismail, said:
“Now, people won’t be able to pay rents or buy houses as planned. We are not sure of where the monetary issues are going now and not sure if lending will continue in the real estate sector. We are yet to see some of these things going on.”
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