The Federal Executive Council has approved a $1.3 billion loan credit facility for the commencement of the Development Bank of Nigeria.
The approval came on the heels of a memo submitted by the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun seeking council’s ratification on the loan’s request.
Mrs. Adeosun, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of FEC meeting which was presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, said $500 million of the amount would come from the World Bank.
According to the minister, another $450 million is expected from the African Development Bank, and $200 million dollars from KFW, a financial corporation.
Mrs. Adeosun said another $130 million would come from the French Development Agency to make up the $1.3 billion earmarked for the commencement of the bank.
“As you know, the Development Bank of Nigeria recently received its licence and is being funded by some long-term loans from some of our development partners.
“So, the World Bank had given us $500 million repayable over 21 years and all of this is at a concessional rate.
“The African Development Bank is giving us 450 million dollars and KFW are giving us 200 million dollars and the French Development Agency are giving us 130 million dollars.
“To access this money, we are ready to disburse but there are two requirements that we need to make and one of them is the legal opinion by the Attorney-General of the Federation and the other is the National Assembly approval.
“Before it goes to the National Assembly, it needs to be approved by FEC and the FEC simply approved today that these loan requests should go to the National Assembly for approval.
“So, we can access this money and the Development Bank of Nigeria can take off fully as it is expected to transform Financing of our MSMEs sector.
“The council enthusiastically approved these facilities which are on long term, meaning that the DBN will be able to lend to our MSMEs over much longer periods and at much lower rates.
“So, the impact on the SMEs will be quite considerable.’’
According to her, the loans are also concessionary with interest rates of less than two per cent and have very long repayment period of up to 21 years.
The loans are aimed at allowing the bank to lend to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for a longer period with interest rate lower than in commercial banks.
Mrs. Adeosun also said that the council approved N550 million contracts to hire project managers and verification consultants for the integration of the military’s payroll into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
She said that 200,000 military personnel would be integrated into IPPIS.