Ekiti Govt Begins Disbursement Of N500m SMEs Loan
Ekiti State Government will on Wednesday, begin the disbursement of N500 million Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) loan to 4,564 beneficiaries.
The N500 million is the first tranche of the N2 billion the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) earmarked for the support of small and medium
scale enterprises in the state.
The 4,564 beneficiaries will get minimum of N50,000 and maximum of N1 million.
The State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti
while meeting with the management of Community and Micro-Finance Banks
in the State. The banks are to serve as the medium of disbursing the
loans to beneficiaries.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the governor's Chief Press Secretary,
Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor will also meet beneficiaries of the
loan at the Governor's Office later in the week.
Governor Fayose said the loans would not be allowed to go down the
drain like previous experiences, adding that the state government
stood as surety for the beneficiaries.
"I am happy to let the good people of Ekiti know that the first
tranche of N500 million has been given to the state from the N2
billion we are expecting to help SMES grow in our state. The release
of the remaining sum is predicated on how well this first payment is
"On the part of the state government, we will ensure that
beneficiaries utilise the loan judiciously. This is not going to be
seen as a largesse from the government or the so-called national cake.
Beneficiaries will be adequately monitored, as the state government is
the one that guaranteed the loan.
"On the part of the disbursing banks, that is Community and
Micro-Finance Banks, we are giving them adequate warning that anyone
that fails to live up to expectations will be punished. There is no
room for any shady deal. We want a judicious use of the funds for the
economic growth of our dear
state," he said.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, said a monitoring
and recovery team had been set up and that every effort would be made
so that beneficiaries would not default.
Speaking on behalf of the management of community and micro-finance
banks in the state, the Managing Director