If you are conversant with Nigerian Banks across social media platform, just like me, am very sure you will at one time rebroadcast some of their colorful advert telling the world of their low-interest loans to fight COVID- 19, and hopefully restart the economy.
One component you must have noticed, however, during the ones rebroadcasts is how highlights of the advertisements- rates, tenor, and goal industries- are the equal no matter the brand.
Well, this is due to the fact the Banks are all advertising and marketing the identical product; CBN’s intervention funds.
What does that mean?
CBN in a bid to reclaim the monetary frontiers already misplaced to the COVID- 19 pandemics is releasing cheap price range to strategic sectors of the economy to optimistically restart the economy and possibly shop the Nation from looming recession.
On April 14, 2020, a press release by using the CBN Governor titled “Turning the COVID- 19 tragedy into a possibility for a brand new Nigeria”, he highlighted a three-phase technique to tackling the pandemic to consist of an immediate, brief term and medium time period timelines of 0-3months, 0-12months and 0-three years respectively.
Critical to those phases are different elements of the economic system that need to be tackled in each phase. These key sectors encompass the health sector, manufacturing, and infrastructure, while others encompass agriculture and power.
To this end, the CBN has supplied easily available loans to companies in those sectors at underneath the marketplace rate.
These loans ought to either be overdrafts or long term loans that come with a moratorium, are reachable through the DMBs who assess the prospective borrower’s creditworthiness, and skip the identical to the CBN for ratification and approval.
The intervention finances are placed in the following categories: Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), Commercial Agric Credit Scheme (CACS), and the Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) which funds the N100billion credit score assist intervention for the fitness quarter.
All the loans are fairly priced at 9% except for the health zone loans that are presently 5% and could revert to 9% in March of 2021.
Why the intervention?
Because the CBN believes that with the aid of accompanying those funds with the necessary guidelines and regulatory backings that they are able to revamp the Nigerian economic system via fast-monitoring the development of the Nigerian financial system through those sectors. A move with a view to generating employment, diversify revenue base, offer to enter for the industrial area and in the end increase forex earnings.
This is what the CBN is all about.
What’s in it for the Banks?
Apart from the obvious- a spread on the loan amount, commissions on transactions, and different ancillary charges, the Banks are also playing their roles in working toward a better economy where we can all thrive.
So, whilst next, you encounter such advertisements… tell the following person. Let’s build a better economy together.