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How to obtain 50 Billion CBN COVID 19 Intervention funds for MSMEs.

In order to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on MSMEs, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the N50 billion 
Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) as a stimulus package to support households and 
micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 
pandemic. 


1.0 Who qualifies for the credit?
According to the guidelines , eligible participants includes:

i. Households with verifiable evidence of livelihood adversely impacted by 
COVID-19; and
ii. Existing enterprises with verifiable evidence of business activities
adversely affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
iii. Enterprises with bankable plans to take advantage of opportunities 
arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2.0 Activities Covered
Eligible activities under the Scheme include:
i. Agricultural value chain activities
ii. Hospitality (accommodation and food services)
iii. Health (pharmaceuticals and medical supplies)
iv. Airline service providers
v. Manufacturing/value addition
vi. Trading
vii. Any other income generating activities as may be prescribed by the CBN.

3.0 Funding
The Scheme shall be financed from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 
Development Fund (MSMEDF). 

4.0 Participating Financial Institution
The eligible participating financial institution for the Scheme is NIRSAL 
Microfinance Bank (NMFB).

5.0 Loan Limit

5.1SMEs: The loan amount shall be determined based on the activity, cashflow
and industry/segment size of beneficiary, subject to a maximum of N25
million for SMEs; and

5.2 Households: Can access a maximum of N3 million

5.3 Working capital shall be a maximum of 25% of the average of the previous 3 
years’ annual turnover. (where the enterprise is not up to 3 years in operation, 25% of the previous year’s turnover will suffice).


6.0 Interest Rate
Interest rate under the intervention shall be 5% p.a. (all inclusive) up to 28th
February 2021 and thereafter, the interest on the facility shall revert to 9% p.a. (all 
inclusive) as from 1st March 2021.

7.0 Loan Tenor

7.1 Working capital shall be for a maximum period of one year, with no option for rollover.

7.2 Term loan shall have a maximum tenor of not more than 3 years with, at least, one-year moratorium.

8.0 Procedure
The modalities for obtaining the credit are stated below:

8.1 Households/MSMEs
i. Eligible households or MSMEs shall submit applications directly to 
NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB);

ii. The application must, among others, contain BVN number, business 
registration (where applicable) and business plan with clear evidence of 
the opportunity or adverse impact as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

iii. NMFB shall appraise and conduct due diligence applications.

iv. Upon satisfactory appraisal of application, NMFB shall forward the 
applications to the CBN for final approval

v. CBN reviews applications and gives final approval for disbursement to 
NMFB.

8.2 Corporate Entity
i. A corporate entity shall submit application to NMFB with clear evidence 
of the opportunity or adverse impact as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

ii. NMFB shall appraise and conduct due diligence applications.

iii. Upon satisfactory appraisal of application, NMFB shall forward the 
applications to the CBN for final approval

iv. CBN reviews applications and gives final approval for disbursement to 
NMFB.

9.0 Principal Repayment 
Repayment shall be made on installment basis by the beneficiaries to the NMFB
according to the nature of enterprise and the repayment schedule/work plan provided at the application stage. 

10.0 Collateral Requirement
The collateral to be pledged by beneficiaries under the programme shall be as 
may be acceptable by NIRSAL MFB, but may include any one or more of the 
following:
i. Moveable asset(s) duly registered on the National Collateral Registry 
(NCR).
ii. Simple deposit of title documents, in perfectible state
iii. Deed of Debenture (for stocks), in perfectible state
iv. Irrevocable domiciliation of proceeds
v. Two (2) acceptable Guarantor
vi. Personal Guarantee of the promoter of the business
vii. Life Insurance of the Key-Man, with NMFB noted as the First Loss 
Payee
viii. Comprehensive Insurance over the asset 

11.0 Monitoring and Reporting
Periodic monitoring of projects financed under the Scheme shall be conducted by 
the NIRSAL MFB.

12.0 Responsibilities of Stakeholders

12.1 CBN shall:
i. Provide the seed fund for the Scheme
ii. Release funds to NIRSAL MFB for disbursement to successful
applicants. 
iii. Review the Guidelines of the Facility as may be necessary
iv. Receive and process periodic returns from NIRSAL MFB.
v. Monitor and evaluate implementation of the Scheme by NIRSAL MFB


12.2 NIRSAL MFB shall:
i. Validate the status and BVN of the applicants;
ii. Process and disburse funds to approved beneficiaries;
iii. Maintain records of all beneficiaries and disbursements;
iv. Forward periodic returns on the prescribed format on the Scheme to 
CBN;
v. Comply with the Guidelines; and 
vi. Carry out any other duties as the CBN may prescribe from time to time.

13. Exit Date
The exit date of this Intervention is 31st December 2024. 
The guidelines states that the framework will be subject to review from time to time as may be deemed 
necessary by the CBN.



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