The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday said it had disbursed over N3trillion intervention loans as part of efforts to facilitate economic recovery and generate employment opportunities since the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Governor Godwin Emefiele revealed this after a meeting of the Banker’s Committee in Abuja.
“Ladies and gentlemen, to date the CBN, working with our DMBs and participating financial institutions has granted over N3trillion in intervention loans that have undoubtedly been one of the critical ingredients for our economic recovery and employment generation,” Emefiele said.
“Specifically, under the Anchor Borrowers Programme, we have disbursed N948billion to 4,478,381 smallholder farmers who cultivated 5.2 million hectares of farmland across the country, thereby creating 12.5 million direct and indirect jobs.
“Under our Targeted Credit Facility, which was meant to help households and businesses that suffered significant losses during the pandemic, we have disbursed N368.79 billion to 778,000 beneficiaries comprising 648,052 households, and about 130,000 SMEs.
“We have also disbursed N1.452 trillion to 337 Large real sector projects in agriculture, manufacturing, services, and mining under our Real Sector Support Facility.
“In healthcare, 122 major healthcare projects have been funded to the tune of N115.36 billion. These healthcare interventions went to 31 pharmaceutical and 91 hospital projects. This intervention helped to support acquisition of 59 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners, 42 Computer Tomography (CT) scanners, and 4 Oncology screening machines.”
The CBN Governor also noted that it has worked to support small and medium enterprises in the agribusiness sector through the The Agric, Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme (AGSMEIS).
“A total of N134.63 billion has been released to 37,571 SME projects of which 67 percent were directly in agriculture-related projects, 22.5 percent were in services, while the balance were in fashion, IT, and related sub-sectors,” Emefiele said of AGSMEIS.