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CBN issues guidelines to access N50 billion COVID-19 credit facility

The Central Bank of Nigeria has disclosed the guidelines that must be followed by individuals and companies to access the N50billion tarheted credit facility  for households and Small and Medium Enterprises that are badly hit by COVID-19. 



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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed the guidelines that must be followed by individuals and companies to access the N50billion targeted credit facility for households and Small and Medium Enterprises that are badly hit by COVID-19.

This was disclosed in a circular issued by CBN and signed by its Director, Financial Policy and Regulation, Kevin Amugo.

The apex bank had last week unveiled the fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which had led to unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains, sharp drop in global crude oil prices, turmoil in global stock and financial markets, lockdown of large swaths movements of persons in many countries, among others.

Why it matters: The outcome of the disease have had severe consequences on households’ livelihoods and business activities, resulting from drop in global demand, declined consumer confidence and slowdown in production.

READ MORE: SMEDAN to move 40 million informal businesses to formal sector, registers MSMEs

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In this respect, the CBN introduced the N50billion Targeted Credit Facility as a stimulus package to support households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How it works: CBN explained that those that can benefit from the fund are households with verifiable evidence of livelihood adversely impacted by COVID-19; existing enterprises with verifiable evidence of business activities adversely affected as a result of the pandemic and enterprises with bankable plans to take advantage of opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the CBN guideline, activities covered under the scheme include agricultural value chain activities; hospitality (accommodation and food services); health (pharmaceuticals and medical supplies); and airline service providers.

Others are manufacturing/value addition; trading and any other income-generating activities as may be prescribed by the CBN.

READ MORE: COVID-19: All courts to shut down immediately

It said, “The scheme would be financed from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund and the eligible participating financial institution for the Scheme would be NIRSAL Microfinance Bank.”

The apex bank added that the loan amount would be determined based on the activity, cashflow and industry size of beneficiary, subject to a maximum of N25m for SMEs.

It said households can access a maximum of N3million while working capital would be a maximum of 25 per cent of the average of the previous three years’ annual turnover

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  1. Dada Femi Sunday

    March 26, 2020 at 2:37 am

    How can I get a loan

  2. Dada Femi Sunday

    March 26, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Please somebody should direct us to where we can get the room without that the big wings we share the money with themselves

  3. Elizabeth Adenike Kentebe

    March 26, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Is there loan for students? PhD student that have to work from home at this time

  4. Promise

    March 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

    How can I get a chance to access this COVID-19 CREDIT FACILITY?.. We know the bigger fishes will devour them before our reach. Nigerians already know hands that created this opportunity and the real owners. God save the poor .

  5. Onwubu Edna chidinma.

    March 26, 2020 at 11:31 am

    How do l apply. Am in yenagoa. And am interested on the loan. I Have a land here which l intend to use for agricultural produces. But need money to start up. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      March 26, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      Key into AGSMEIS loan, register with 10k and choose EDI close to you

      • No name

        April 13, 2020 at 10:53 pm

        Please don’t mind anyone asking you to register

    • Dickson Ofem

      April 16, 2020 at 1:56 am

      how do i access the loan?

      • Rabiu Yau

        June 18, 2020 at 12:01 pm

        How may I refound the money.

  6. Okunuga Adejoke

    March 26, 2020 at 11:40 am

    How to get it

    • Abell Kennedy

      April 15, 2020 at 4:16 am

      The intervention looks good on paper. I hope it would reach those it is meant for.. We need the contact of NMFB. Thank yes

      • Hyrin Kenneth Ojong

        April 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm

        Will be so grateful to the Nigerian Government if I can access this loan….God bless u all.

  7. Kevin

    March 26, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Great mindset, but who are going to benefit from it? Only the big wings. God we’re in your hands save us because nigeria ur beloved country has turned to something else.

    • Justin

      March 27, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      I doubted if CBN and co know the meaning of corona virus. Before you set any criteria to. Qualified. You must first provide first Aid that will make people survive. One of the major factors that drag Nigeria to poverty is the lack of our economic team to identify the ratio at which poverty had destroyed Nigerians. Let CBN keep her money. When corona affected quatre of Nigeria. They Will know what to do

  8. Zoejames

    March 26, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    How’s this loan accessed please Mr Abiola Odutola keep us posted thanks

  9. Litinin Reuben Christopher

    March 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Comment: AM interested in the loan please

    • Dickson Ofem

      April 16, 2020 at 2:04 am

      how do i access the loan?

    • Anonymous

      April 16, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Will so grateful if I can access this loan now…God bless u all..08037304203

  10. Okenile Arike Ibidunni

    March 26, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    How can I access the loan am a business owner with registered document and sculm certificate am in Lagos

  11. Godwin Ojiaku

    March 26, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    We do not have adequate institutional structure to disburse such huge social welfare assistance to Nigerians, without abuse from those assigned to effect the payments. We have serious problem of corruption, nepotism, and accountability in Nigeria. I am available to help in developing a workable structure for this purpose.

  12. Ubani Divine Damas

    March 26, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    I am interested. I have a land good for agriculture. I will be glad for I can have a loan to enable me start up. Thanks

    • Adediran Adebayo

      April 14, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Am interested how can I access this loan

  13. Lawal Kehinde

    March 26, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    How can I access the loan?

  14. Oluwabunmi olutayo

    March 26, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Pls am interested in the loan ao can l apply

  15. Olabode olayinka s

    March 26, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    How can I get this loan, this pandemic has closed down buy business.

    • Abayomi opeoluwa adebola

      April 22, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Am interested in the loan

  16. onoriode oghenekevwe

    March 27, 2020 at 11:02 am

    How can someone fulfill all these requirements before accessing this loan when this COVID 19 is a big threat to lives . Nigeria government is never establish for commoners. God help us

  17. Abdul aderonke adetoun

    March 27, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    How can l get a loan ,in D’s time of covid 19

    • rima_jeeb trading

      April 15, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      I need the loan,how can I apply

  18. Anonymous

    March 27, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    government of the rich,what about the millions of persons in the rural areas how are they going to benefit from ur one sided loan ,or do they not have mouth to eat??? Washed and faded leaders.

    • Adolphus

      March 28, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Here they come again, they have mapped out.a plan to compensate themselves…these greedy people can never do anything without using the masses as their ladder…I throw you a challenge …No neutral member of the masses with benefit from this facility until they finish the money…l will ask you when it’s all done

  19. George George Ekpo

    March 28, 2020 at 1:13 am

    How can I access the loan?

    • Ubah Obi

      April 13, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Please how can I access this CBN loan,I am in Benin, Edo State,I am a farmer and I still have small scale business, please help me so that I can establish my business well and expand my farming work, thanks and God bless our country Nigeria.

  20. Henry

    March 28, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I’m quite sure the so called loan will go to northerners alone. Southerners please save your energy and inks.

  21. Colin Chidiogo

    March 28, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Am a trader. Due to COVID-19 our market will be shut from Monday 30, March 2020. No more trading or means of survival.

    I need the loan or assistance for my household to survive.

    Please how do I access the loan?

  22. Stanley anyanwu

    March 28, 2020 at 7:57 am

    How can one access for the loan

  23. Oma

    March 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    I’m interested in the can i register for it.


    March 29, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Everything is worth trying. Don’t get to the end without a start point. Bravo

  25. GODWIN A A

    March 30, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    This, really is not the right time to impose this kind of eligibility rule on Emergency Injury Disaster Loan. This guideline shows that the welfare of the masses is not the watch ward of our leaders at this very time of National Pandemonium.

  26. Samson

    March 31, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    How do I access the loan. I’m a worker and I’m faced with Mandatory unpaid leave from my worker from 1/4/2020. I need money(3m) to start Uber Service. I have cushion own cash in my bank. I will back as appropriate monthly

  27. Funmilayo Fadunsin

    March 31, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I’m interested in the loan for my farm. How can I access or, apply for it, please?

  28. Queentina ugo

    March 31, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Please how do we apply for dis loan, pls I need it to pay my workers n also pay rent

  29. Adenigna

    April 1, 2020 at 3:25 am

    I need this funds, how do I apply.

  30. Adenigba

    April 1, 2020 at 3:30 am

    I need this funds, how do I apply. I am already in production. I produce groundnut oil. But for the covid-19 Land mic around the world, we have to stop production as we cannot access raw materials.
    When will the application form be available, since its online.

  31. Anonymous

    April 1, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I am interested in the loan, how can I access the process.

  32. RAAP.ESE

    April 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    This idea if it can reach the grassroot will achieve its aim.

    One sure way if CBN ensuring it reached the desired audience is to use the beneficiary’s BVN


  33. virginus odoh

    April 1, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    How can I apply for the loan

  34. Adegboye Joshua

    April 2, 2020 at 7:38 am

    How can I apply for the loan pls Link

    • Dr John Arome

      April 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      How cani apply for the loan pls link

  35. Ogugofor Sunny Anthony.

    April 2, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    My name is Ogugofor Sunny a chemist my shop has been shot down do to this coronavirus,so am seriously in need of fund.Tnx.

  36. Kabiru Aliyu

    April 3, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    When will them start giving the loan?

  37. Gbadebo olamilekan

    April 4, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Please I’m into gadgets business and my dad is into agriculture and accommodation
    Pls how can I access this loan cause it is very needed.

  38. Johnolorun

    April 5, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Am interested, how can I access this loan please?

  39. Olowoyo monsurat

    April 5, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Leave a reply and you didn’t attend to any. People I’ve asking and I’m also asking now how we can assess the loan

  40. Ebun Moyo

    April 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I am interested, how can I apply for the loan

  41. Ebun Moyo

    April 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I will appreciate if I can access the loan.

  42. Owoeye James

    April 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    I am interested, please, I do I access the loan. Thanks

  43. Ebun Moyo

    April 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Please, I am interested. How do I access the loan. Thanks

  44. Ubani uwaoma

    April 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    This a laudable idea from our Apex Bank. However every effort must be made by the Governor that sincere Nigerians like us access this for once.


    April 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    how can i access this loan?


    April 11, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Comment:Pls how and where should i go inorder to apply

  47. Tukur

    April 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    How can I access the loan?

  48. Aghaeze

    April 13, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Pls is this loan still available. Am a business man. Pls how can I access the loan

  49. Chibuzor

    April 13, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I. Need this loan for expansion of my business, but the condition involved is not easy to go to through pls cbn see easier way to help people like us.

  50. Martha simon

    April 14, 2020 at 7:39 am

    How can I apply for this credit facility if the ones in charge won’t share it for themselves.

  51. Sadiq haruna

    April 14, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Please can I apply for the loan

  52. Anonymous

    April 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

    How can I access the loan

  53. Odugu Boniface

    April 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Am also interested in d loan

  54. Cyril Egbo

    April 14, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I need the loan to boost my business,and also to provide food for my family we are dieing for huger.

  55. Buabee Ben Baale

    April 14, 2020 at 8:56 am

    I am interested in getting the loan.
    What are the possible means for applying to get the loan?
    I am a business person and this would have helped boost me easily.

  56. Laya Tony

    April 14, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Accessing this loan is pretty difficult and l advice that simplifying this loan processing would be wise. Put yourself in the shoes of SME owners.

  57. Laya Tony

    April 14, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Make the loan easy to access, its very difficult to access presently.

  58. kelechi king nwankwo

    April 14, 2020 at 9:51 am

    How will I apply?

  59. Seun David

    April 14, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Please #CBN how do we access this loan? Where is the link? My business is almost crumbling, I really need this loan, am a registered company (enterprise). I’d anyone knows the link, please share

  60. Emmanuel Edet

    April 14, 2020 at 11:49 am

    How can I apply for the loan, in this lockdown period?

  61. Dominic Joice Oluchi

    April 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Please I need a loan so that I can pay my school fees, as am the one training myself, the saving I had for my school fees, I used if for feeding, due to the lockdown, God bless you, am a 300level student.

  62. Anonymous

    April 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    How do I access this loan?

    • Choon Teryima Augustine

      April 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      How can I acces form

  63. Lukman mikail olawale

    April 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Please how do I access the loan ?

  64. Babalola samson

    April 14, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Please what are the procedure of accessing the loan for the upright of my business again please contact me back

  65. Nyaghve Joel Taryuhwa

    April 15, 2020 at 12:49 am

    How can I access it? That is our big problem.

  66. Olatunde

    April 15, 2020 at 7:08 am

    How do we access it

  67. Emma

    April 15, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Rubish headline – your headline says guideline for accessing the loan and still none is pelt out here.

  68. Anonymous

    April 15, 2020 at 7:40 am

    They didn’t make the registration available for the public and they said 80,000 people have registered. They are bunch of thieves and evil people

  69. Veronica

    April 15, 2020 at 8:29 am

    How do I apply for the loan, any application form?

  70. Chuks Amuka

    April 15, 2020 at 8:38 am

    How do I get the involved in this loan ,am into agriculture value chain ,cash crop farming ,piggery ,etc .

  71. Adeola Adeyeri

    April 15, 2020 at 9:44 am

    How do i apply for this loan, it is a good one for us at thus time. I am in the EDUCATION SECTOR. Thank you.

  72. Asogwa Sarah J

    April 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Please how do I access it

  73. Marc Chuks

    April 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I am very much interested in the loan to help me bounce back in my small business.

  74. Ajibola Temitope

    April 15, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    This is a good idea by the central bank of Nigeria. My question is how do i access this loan am a farmer practised? Thank you.

  75. Bolarinwa oluwafemi Olubunmi

    April 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I am interested pls how do l apply for d loan .
    I live in Ijebu ode Ogun State


    April 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm



    April 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    what are the procedures of applications

  78. Adum Dennis Matthew

    April 16, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Is a good idea for federal government to bring this issue. Please how do I apply so to support my small business.

  79. Favour A

    April 17, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Pls direct me on how to access the loan thank u

  80. Muyi

    April 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    you apply through NIRSAL Microfinance Bank.

  81. olusola oladeji

    April 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I have a registered business dealing with food and agro allied supply, this pandemic is affecting my business right now. How can I get the application form.? My company’s name is RAYSOLAB VENTURES.

  82. Eloagu

    April 17, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I need the loan pls

  83. Cynthia

    April 19, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    My dear, that’s what baffles me. No registration link, no information on how to get application form and here they are telling us 80,000 people have applied.

  84. Ismaila

    April 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Please how can I get the loan

  85. Iniobong Ekop

    April 21, 2020 at 12:28 am

    How do I apply for the loan?

  86. James Monday Isangedighe

    April 22, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Please due to lockdown order by FG to contain Covid-19 and it’s spread, My business enterprise can no longer receive goods and services even my customers have all shutdown leaving me alone, few staff stranded. I need this loan to have a new start.
    Thanks for consideration.

  87. Ojobor Bethel patience

    April 22, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I am interested in this covid19 credit support facility. I run a school in FCT, how can I apply now? Thanks


    April 22, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    how can I apply for the loan

  89. Aluko Olubunmi

    April 23, 2020 at 7:20 am

    How do we access the loan?

  90. Dada Kazeem Olatunbosun

    April 24, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Comment: I’m interested in the loan offer, what are the guidelines to follow to access it please

  91. Azeez Adeniyi

    April 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    This is the right time for us to wake up and go back for Agriculture in Nigeria, May God gives more courage to our present government to empower us., I am much interested.

  92. Okunlola kayode

    April 26, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    With all how can I apply? No comment from anyone. I will also join the train of how can I apply. Think of it in a wide way. Gutantor, Bvn, and someone bank statement should be okay.

  93. Tony

    April 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Is this fake? Why is Nisral debunking their involvement in this?

  94. Safiya Magana

    June 9, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Pls how do I access the loan?

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  96. Raymond

    June 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    I had network issue will trying to inpute my account number the accept the loan after approval; how can i go back and inpute the required info(Accont details)?

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CBN grants Greenwich Trust Limited operational license for merchant banking

CBN has upscaled Greenwich Trust Limited to the status of a merchant bank.



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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has upscaled Greenwich Trust Limited and granted it, operational license for merchant banking in the country.

According to an official statement released by the firm, the entity would be known as Greenwich Merchant Bank Limited. This license allows Greenwich Merchant Bank to upscale and offer such diverse services as corporate banking, investment banking, financial advisory services, securities dealing, treasury wealth and asset management, etc., making it possible to provide increased value to stakeholders beyond its previous scope.

Recall that the minimum capital requirements for establishing a merchant bank according to Merchant Banking Licensing Regulations in 2010 are N15 billion

(READ MORE: CBN debits banks N216.1 billion for CRR compliance)

With the addition of Greenwich Merchant Bank, Nigeria now has six merchant banks. The others are; FBN Quest, Coronation Merchant Bank, DSH Merchant Bank, Nova Merchant Bank and Rand Merchant Bank.

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Emirates Airlines banned from operating in Nigeria

UAE’s Emirate Airline has been banned from operating in Nigeria.



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Emirates Airline has been added to the list of airlines which have been banned from operating in  Nigeria. The ban will take effect from the 21st of September.

This was announced by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika in a social media statement on Friday.

“The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed & they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st Sept. 2020,” Sirika stated.

This comes as the UAE government has been accused of not renewing visas of Nigerians in Dubai and also rumours of a VISA ban for Nigerians applying for visas.

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Last month, the UAE embassy in Nigeria denied there is a VISA ban on Nigerians entering the Middle Eastern country. They said: “At the onset of the COVlD-19 pandemic, the UAE took a number of precautionary measures to combat the virus’ spread, including the temporary suspension on issuing UAE visas for all nationalities as of March 17, 2020.

“After entering the recovery phase of the pandemic, the UAE eased some measures on July 7, permitting visitors from various countries to adhere to the necessary precautionary measures, including by showing negative PCR test results within 92 hours of travelling to the UAE. This includes those visiting from Nigeria.”

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CBN introduces N250 billion stimulus package for gas investment to ease pain of fuel price increase

The CBN has introduced a stimulus package to help stimulate investment in gas as an alternative to fuel.



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As part of the palliative following the sharp increase in the price in the pump price of petrol, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced a N250 billion stimulus package under a National Gas Expansion Programme that it hopes will help stimulate investment in the gas value chain and spur its use in transportation as an alternative to fuel-powered cars.

Large scale projects under this intervention programme will be financed under the Power and Airlines Intervention Fund (PAIF), in line with existing guidelines regulating the PAIF, while small scale operators and retail distributors will be financed by the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB) and/or any other Participating Financial Institution (PFI) under the Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AgSMEIS).

This initiative is to be implemented in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The objectives of the facility include;

  • Improved access to finance for private sector investments in the domestic gas value chain.
  • Stimulate investments in the development of infrastructure to optimize the domestic gas resources for economic development.
  • Fast track the adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as the fuel of choice for transportation and power generation, as well as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as the fuel of choice for domestic cooking, transportation, and captive power.
  • Fast track the development of gas-based industries particularly petrochemical (fertilizer, methanol, etc) to support large industries such as agriculture, textile, and related industries.
  • Provide leverage for additional private sector investments in the domestic gas market.
  • Boost employment across the country.

The activities that are eligible under the intervention shall include;

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  • Establishment of gas processing plants and small scale petrochemical plants.
  • Establishment of gas cylinder manufacturing plants.
  • Establishment of L-CNG regasification modular systems
  • Establishment of autogas conversion kits or components manufacturing plants.
  • Establishment of CNG primary and secondary compression stations.
  • Establishment and manufacturing of LPG retail skid tanks and refilling equipment.
  • Development/enhancement of autogas transportation systems, conversion, and distribution infrastructure.
  • Enhancement of domestic cylinder production and distribution by cylinder manufacturing plants and LPG wholesale outlets.
  • Establishment/expansion of micro-distribution outlets and service centres for LPG sales, domestic cylinder injection, and exchange and
  • Any other mid to downstream gas value chain related activity recommended by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The aggregators, manufacturers, processors, wholesale distributors, and related activities shall be funded under the Power and Airline Intervention Fund (PAIF), while the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) and retail distributors shall be funded by NIRSAL Microfinance Bank under AgSMEIS.

For the manufacturers, processors, wholesale distributors, etc, the term loan shall be determined based on the activity and shall not exceed N10 billion per obligor. The working capital shall be a maximum of N500 million per obligor.

While for the small and medium enterprises, the term loan shall be based on the activity and shall not exceed N50 million per obligor. The working capital shall be a maximum of N5 million per obligor.

Interest Rate

The interest rate under the intervention shall be at not more than 5% per annum (all-inclusive) up to February 28, 2021, thereafter, interest on the facility shall revert to 9% per annum (all-inclusive) with effect from March 1, 2021.

Loan Tenor and Moratorium

The manufacturers, processors, wholesale distributors, will have term loans which shall have a maximum tenor of 10 years (not exceeding December 31, 2030) with a maximum of a 2-year moratorium on principal repayment only. The working capital facility of 1 year with a maximum rollover of not more than twice, subject to prior approval.

The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and retail distributors will have term loans that shall have a maximum tenor of 5 years (not exceeding December 31, 2030) with a maximum of 2 years on principal repayment only. The working capital facility of 1 year with a maximum rollover of not more than twice and subject to prior approval.

This new initiative involves getting many vehicles to run on gas by collaborating with investors to build the required infrastructure such as pipelines and petrol stations. It is also expected to help accelerate the use of natural gas and end gas flaring.

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