Solely six Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) had been in a position to entry N500 million grant not too long ago made out there by the Federal Authorities by means of the Small and Medium Enterprises Growth Company of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
The N500 million mortgage portfolio to assist small companies was lodged in a Nigerian financial institution months in the past, with many SMEs operators unaware of its availability.
Director Normal of Small and Medium Enterprises Growth Company (SMEDAN), Charles Odii, disclosed this on Wednesday whereas signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sterling Financial institution, geared toward offering N5 billion single digit curiosity mortgage to small companies within the nation.
He stated : “We had a case the place we’ve some funds in one of many banks, I’m not going to say the title of the financial institution. It was near N500 million. And the way many individuals accessed that cash? Six individuals. N500 million and simply six individuals had been in a position to entry that cash. ”
Odii blamed poor info dissemination for the lack of most SMEs to leverage on the fund.
” Everyone I requested, small enterprise operators, even in FCT stated they didn’t know that the cash was out there, ” he stated.
Talking on the cope with Sterling Financial institution, the brand new SMEDAN boss: “The MoU is to create a mortgage portfolio of N5 billion at a single digit rate of interest for small companies throughout totally different sectors.
” From the mortgage out there, we will make entry to finance out there to shut to 10,000 companies.”
Odii, who stated the significance of entry to finance by small companies can’t be over-emphasized, posited that the company would depart no stone unturned to make sure small companies within the nation get easy accessibility to funding.
” What we need to do as an company is to to begin with make this entry for finance simpler as a result of we perceive finance may be very scarce, and finance may be very costly in tjis a part of the world,” he stated.
On his half, the Managing Director of Sterling Financial institution, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, stated authorities had prior to now rolled out numerous entry to finance intervention programmes for SMEs, including that the involvement of the financial institution within the new scheme could be a sport changer.
He stated the partnership the financial institution was considering with SMEDAN was one that won’t solely present entry to finance for small companies, however guarantee it serves as a springboard for enormous growth of many SMEs to greater enterprises.
“Our job is to information them into the journey of turning into an establishment that may appeal to finance. In order a lot we’re going to give low rate of interest finance, the actual factor is for those who move by means of the method efficiently, you possibly can entry finance anyplace, as a result of it is possible for you to to fulfill the fundamental wants which can be required, and they don’t seem to be difficult, ” the Sterling Financial institution’s chief stated.
Talking additional, Suleiman stated particulars of the SMEs’ finance scheme could be made out there on the SMEDAN and the financial institution’s web sites, including that the mortgage tenure would vary from six months to a most of two years.