By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
NIRSAL Micro Finance Bank (NIRSAL MFB) has disbursed loans valued at over N503 . 273 billion to over 881 thousand Nigerians and businesses.
Data from the institution indicated that most of the facilities were granted under the COVID-19 Intervention Fund released by the federal government to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on households and small businesses.
Some of the beneficiaries included individuals and families whose bread winners lost their jobs in 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
They were made up of 612,321 households that received loans ranging from N250,000 to N1 million totaling N240. 083 billion.
Similarly, 103,185 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) received loans valued at N104. 023 billion between 2020 and December 2021
Households that are Non-Interest Beneficiaries (NIB) of the NIRSAL MFB loans numbering 21,027 have so far secured facilities amounting to N9.091 billion.
Small and Medium Enterprises under the Non-Interest scheme (NIB SME) numbering 2,710 have accessed N1. 057 billion while 31,067 Agric Small Medium Enterprises Scheme (AGSMEIS) beneficiaries have accessed N116. 001 billion from NIRSAL MFB in one year.
105,244 Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) successful applicants have equallty received loans amounting to N31. 001 while 5,527 Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) have also drawn down N1.009 billion loans.
In 2021 alone 23 groups have showered awards on NIRSAL MFB recognition of the MicroFinance Bank’s efforts to provide liquidity for seriously impacted households and businesses.
Many groups and agencies, 23 of them have in the course of 2021 awarded NIRSAL MFB awards for making these loans available to Nigerians.
They include: Public Service Bank of the Year 2021 Award to NIRSAL MFB from the National Public Service Awards and Summits
Others are: Awards of Excellence given to NIRSAL MFB by Rotary International and Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association of Nigeria (NAOWA), while the Outstanding Performance toward Economic Development award was delivered by the Sokoto Chamber of Commerce Industry and Mine.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Association gave NIRSAL MFB, the Award of Excellence and Youth Empowerment. National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria gave the bank Awards of Excellence.
At the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting in Abuja, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele said the Committee was impressed with the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) “for its contribution to alleviating poverty at the grassroot”.
The Committee he said “thus urged the CBN to continue its support through the TCF to ensure that more people benefit from this programme”.
Speaking to the awards, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of NIRSAL MFB Mr Abubakar Abdullahi Kure said “NMFB makes sure that all the six- geopolitical zones are beneficiaries to promote financial inclusion”.
In disbursing the loans, Kure noted that “women are also highly considered”.
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