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MSMEs to access funds from N150bn grant

By Francis Akinnodi

Manufacturing sector is set for a relief as the federal government is set to kickoff its two programmes targeted at alleviating the impact of the fuel subsidy removal – the Presidential Conditional Grant Programme and the Presidential Palliative Loan Programme.

The Hope reports that in the Presidential Conditional Grant Programme, the federal government will disburse a grant sum of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) to nano businesses across the 774 local government areas.

The federal government through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) will collaborate with state and local governments, federal legislators, federal ministers, banks and other stakeholders.

According to Ondo State SMEDAN manager, Prince Tomi Ikuomola, “To access the fund, nano business beneficiaries should be willing to provide proof of residential/business address in their local government area, and provide relevant personal and bank account information, including Bank Verification Number (BVN) for verification of identity.

“Under the Presidential Palliative Loan Programme for MSMEs, the federal government will likewise disburse N75 billion to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises across various sectors and N75 billion specifically to Manufacturers.”

He said the loan shall be administered to the beneficiaries at a single-digit interest rate of nine per cent per annum.

While MSMEs can access loan facilities up to N1 million with a repayment period of three years, manufacturers can access up to N1 billion to access financing for working capital with a repayment period of 1 year for working capital or five years for the purchase of machinery and equipment.

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