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CBN unveils the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, offers N500m loans

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in conjunction with the Bankers’ Committee, has finally unveiled the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), which will enable businesses to obtain loans up to the tune of N500m.

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CBN unveils the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, offers N500m loans

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in conjunction with the Bankers’ Committee has finally unveiled the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), which will enable businesses to obtain loans up to the tune of N500 million.

According to the official release of the CIFI document on the apex bank’s website, the initiative is targeted at boosting job creation in Nigeria, particularly among the youths.

Recent developments – Earlier in February 2019, the Bankers Committee of the CBN agreed to provide more funding for the development of the creative sector of the economy.

Addressing journalists shortly after the 342nd meeting of the Bankers Committee of the CBN, the Director, Banking Supervision Department, CBN, Mr. Ahmed Abdullahi, disclosed that the decision to support the creative industry was born out of the committee’s conviction that the sector holds the key to job creation, poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

Similarly, the Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, while reiterating the plan to support business owners in the I.T sector, also revealed that the committee plans to offer a single digit interest rate for the initiative.

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“The Bankers Committee after a lot of research identified the creative and IT sector as a critical sector to support social and inclusive growth in Nigeria. We’ve basically found out that the sector would generate a significant amount of employment given how Nigerians involved in the creative sector have done well in music and others.” -Wigwe

How to benefit from CIFI Initiatives – CIFI has four different pillars which cut across different fields. Specifically, the four pillars include Fashion, Information Technology, Movies, and Music.  

Hence, the CBN stated that to be eligible for the initiative, interested candidates must have businesses in areas which include:

  • Fashion
  • Information Technology
  • Movie Production
  • Movie Distribution
  • Music and
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Having satisfied the requirements of having a business in any of the areas highlighted above, the applicant is then required to prepare a business plan or proposal on how much is needed for such a business.

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How to obtain the CIFI loan – According to CBN, loans accessible through CIFI is in the tune of N500m. Breakdown of loans accessible are listed below

  • N3 million for Software Engineering Student
  • N30 million for Movie Production business
  • N500 million for Movie Distribution business
  • Cover your rental/service fees for Fashion and Information Technology business
  • Cover your training fees, equipment fees, and rental/service fees for Music business

Terms and conditions of loan request: In fufilment to its promise of a single digit interest rate, the CBN stated that loans can be accessed at any bank applicant’s choice with a maximum interest rate of 9% per annum (all charges inclusive) on all loans.

Repayment plan and period: The repayment plan and period differ across business sectors from software engineer to fashion and Information Technology.

  • For Software Engineering Student Loan, it is a maximum of three years
  • For Movie Production and Distribution, it is a maximum of ten years
  • For Fashion, Information Technology (IT) and Music, it is a maximum of ten years

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. this is awesome and a relieve to the creative industry. This efforts
    put together will really boost our creative ability to create and develop
    educative contents to viewers across the globe. I personally would love
    to be guided on how to access this finance to start up…productions.

    • Anonymous

      May 10, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      yes but how do someone access the loan because I didn’t see any way there.

  2. oluwole

    May 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    what are the requirements of bank to access the loan for creative industry loan

  3. Ganiyat Ibrahim zakariyya

    May 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

    How can I asses this please

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Hospitality & Travel

COVID-19: Lufthansa resumes flights to Nigeria after 8 months suspension

After eight months of suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa Airline has resumed its flights to Nigeria.

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Lufthansa Airline has resumed its flights to Nigeria after eight months suspension due to Coronavirus pandemic. The first Lufthansa flight arrived in Lagos on Thursday, 03 December 2020.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the airline on Friday and seen by Nairametrics.

According to the airline, it is expected to do up to eight weekly departures scheduled from Lagos and Abuja Airports to Frankfurt. The German carrier also will offer up to five weekly departures from Lagos to Frankfurt and starting on 08 December also connect the capital Abuja with three weekly departures.

Adenike Macaulay, General Manager, Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea Lufthansa Group Airlines, said, “All intending travellers to Nigeria must have tested negative for Covid-19 as PCR test in the country of departure pre-boarding. The PCR test must be done within 120 hours before departure and preferably within 72 hours pre-boarding. International travellers will require a second test to be done in Nigeria, seven days after arrival.

“All long-haul flights depart from Nigeria in the evening as overnight flights, arriving in Lufthansa’s main hub Frankfurt in the early morning. This allows all passengers from Nigeria to get the full choice of connecting flights to European, American and Asian destinations, leaving all from the same terminal 1.

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‘’As we have received the final permission to reopen our flight operations, we are happy to be the first airline to reconnect Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents. We offer a considerable number of flights to the US and Canada, allowing our Nigerian guests to have family members and friends again at reach throughout the world. Health and safety continue to be our top priority and we are committed to maintaining strict adherence to hygiene regulations for all our flights.”

What you need to know

Nairametrics had reported when Lufthansa notified its patrons of the suspension of all flights out of Nigeria from 23 March 2020 to 19 April 2020. This was disclosed in an email sent by the airline through its agency, Lufthansa City Centre TIFA Travels and seen by Nairametrics.

In the notification, the airline explained that the decision was due to the current global situation and to curb the spread of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. It read,

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“Lufthansa flights out of Nigeria are hereby suspended from 23 March 2020 until 19 April 2020. The last flights from Lagos, Abuja & Port Harcourt will operate on Sunday 22 March 2020, to resume on 20 April 2020 as currently planned.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, its offices were closed to walk-in customers until further notice, however, “we can be reached via telephone lines of our ticketing offices and reservation e-mails. We hope for your understanding as we would do our utmost best to ensure a quick response to your requests.”

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc projects N60.13 million profit in Q1 2021

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has projected a Profit after Tax (PAT) of N60.13million in its 2021 Q1.

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Abbey Mortgage Bank announce the appointment of substantive Managing Director, and 5 Directors.

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has projected a Profit after Tax (PAT) of N60.13million in its 2021 Q1.

According to the earnings forecast issued by the bank and seen by Nairametrics, it projected the 134.7% Q-o-Q rise from a loss of N173.49 million recorded in its most audited financial statement for Q3, 2020.

key highlights of its earnings forecast for Q1 2021 when compared with Q3 2020 figures include;

  • Pre-tax profit increased to N88.4 million, +151.5% Q-o-Q.
  • Interest income increased to approximately N515.9 million, +55.45% Q-o-Q.
  • Net operating income increased to N421.94 million, +79.9% Q-o-Q.
  • Interest expense increased to N208.06 million, +63.95% Q-o-Q.
  • Operating expenses declined to N333.52 million, -17.9% Q-o-Q.
  • Credit loss expense increased to N19.83 million, +100% Q-o-Q
  • Gross earnings of N649.83 million
  • Taxation of N28.3 million
  • Other income of N133.84 million.

Bottom line

Despite recording not too impressive results in its last financial statements, the firm is, however, optimistic going for Q1 2021 as reflected in its forecast.

This optimism might be premised on the news of a positive general economy by Q1 2021, which will trickle down to various sub-sectors of the economy.

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Nigeria needs $3trillion in 30 years to reduce infrastructure deficit – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Nigeria will need $3trillion in the next 30 years to reduce its infrastructural deficit.

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The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria will need $3trillion in the next 30 years to reduce its infrastructural deficit.

He disclosed this while featuring at a webinar organized by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Osinbajo told the webinar that Nigeria needs to adopt new models of investments for infrastructural developments because relying on public expenditure alone is not sustainable.

READ: How digital transformation will impact Nigeria’s projected $8.79 billion economic expansion

The seminar discussed the roles of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in developing Nigerian infrastructure. The Vice President said Nigeria still face a huge infrastructural deficit, despite government investment which is a roadblock to rapid economic growth.

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The Federal Government recognizes this fact, which is why we are considering other approaches to complement and boost financing for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Nigeria.

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“It is clear that this deficit can only be made up by private investment. Private sector is 92 per cent of GDP, while the public sector is mere 8 per cent. So, the synergy between the public and private sector through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) is really the realistic solution.

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“The fact that only N2.49 trillion was appropriated for capital expenditure in 2020, reflects the importance of deliberate and pragmatic action to boost infrastructural spending.

READ: #EndSARS: Infrastructure and Works, Education, 3 others are prioritised in Lagos’ 2021 budget

“It seems to me to be quite clear that the financial outlay and management capability required for infrastructural development and service delivery outstrip the financial and technical resources available to government.

“In other words, the traditional method of building infrastructure through budgetary allocations is inadequate and set to become harder because of increasingly limited fiscal space,” he said.

READ: FEC okays FMBN’s request to purchase banking application software for N487.39 million

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He revealed that the FG has launched a series of PPP’s to enable Nigeria meet its infrastructure deficit needs, citing the roles of agencies like the BPE with PPP’s.

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The Federal Government has recently issued a circular on the administration of PPP projects in the country to provide the much-needed clarity.

READ: AfDB to support FERMA with $10 billion for roads, others 

“The circular re-emphasises that the BPE shall be responsible for the concession of public enterprises and infrastructure already listed in the First and Second Schedules of the Public Enterprises Act.

“The circular equally stipulates that the BPE shall act on behalf of the Federal Government, as the counterparty on all infrastructure projects being developed on a PPP basis,” he said.

READ: CBN launches Private Sector-led Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme

He disclosed that the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) would continue to act as the regulatory agency for PPP transactions, with directives including inspections and monitoring PPP projects.

“It is expected that this new policy direction would provide clarity to stakeholders and foster the improvement of PPP programmes in the country.

“Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as the multilateral agencies and our development partners are urged to support the PPP policy objectives and institutional arrangements already put up by government,” he said.

READ: FG says vehicle owners to pay N250,000 to convert from petrol to autogas

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What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported last month that Moody Investors Services revealed that Nigeria needs to spend about $3 trillion in over 30 years to bridge the infrastructural gap experienced in the country.
  • The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, revealed that the Federal Government needs at least N500 billion annually for the next 3 years to develop and fix its 35,000 kilometres road network, as work continues on 13,000 kilometres of the network.
  • Nairametrics also reported last month that the FG approved the establishment of an infrastructure company that will be wholly focused on critical infrastructural investments in the country.

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