CBN COVID-19 stimulus package for households, businesses reopens

 

By Ochai Monday

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) a subsidiary of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has announced announced Monday through a tweet that its Targeted Credit Facility, TCF portal has reopened for fresh applications.

The TCF is a stimulus package by CBN to support households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to cushion the effects of covid 19 pandemic. The loan will be disbursed through NIRSAL.

This is the second tranche of the relief package, following the first phase that was announced by CBN in March 2020.

According to NIRSAL, no fewer than 3,256 of 80,000 individuals and small businesses that applied for the credit facility benefited as of April 2020.

The interest rate on the facility will be nine per cent per annum, and the working capital will be for a maximum period of one year, with no option for rollover.

The CBN, however, announced last week interest on all similar facilities will remain at a discounted five per cent till 2022.

The working capital will be a maximum of 25 per cent of the average of the previous three years’ annual turnover.

Where the enterprise is not up to three years in operation, 25 per cent of the previous year’s turnover will suffice.

Term loans have a maximum tenor of not more than three years with, at least, one-year moratorium.

Households can access a maximum of N3 million, SMEs can access a maximum of N25 million depending on the activity, cash flow and industry/segment size of beneficiary.

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