The Federal Government has disbursed N27 billion to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises as part of the MSMEs Survival Fund Scheme.
The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
Katagum said government would also roll out the last two schemes that make up the Survival Fund.
She said the Steering Committee for the Survival Fund would turn in its reports to the Ministry of Finance as well as await the second tranche of the fund.
Katagum, who is also the Chairperson, Steering Committee, MSME Survival Fund And Guaranteed Off-Take Schemes, said the existing schemes were progressing seamlessly.
She said: “The Federal Government is set to roll out the last two schemes of the MSMEs Survival Fund component of the National Economic Sustainability Plan, namely: the Guaranteed Offtake Scheme and the General MSMEs Grant.
“Two of the components approved under the Economic Sustainability Plan are the MSMEs Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-take Scheme.
“The Steering Committee approved the implementation of the two Schemes in five distinct parts, namely: the Payroll Support Scheme, Artisan and Transport Scheme, Formalization Support Scheme, General MSMEs Grant and the Guaranteed Offtake Scheme.
“Under these two components, the portal will open from 11:59pm on Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 to Thursday 18th February, 2021 for the Guaranteed Off take Scheme and General MSME Grant Applications.
“All interested MSMEs can go directly to the Portal and register for either of the Schemes free of charge.”
Katagum explained that the purpose of GOS is to stimulate direct local production by enabling 100,000 MSMEs in the production sector with funds to produce post COVID lock down stimulus products.
She pointed out that the scheme would give preference to products produced in reasonably sufficient volumes in each State of the Federation.
She said the product must have the proven propensity to create jobs and have a multiplier effect on the surrounding economy.
She listed the products of interest to include: Face Masks, Hand sanitizer, Liquid Soap, Disinfectant and Processed Foods.
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to the President of MSMEs in the office of the Vice President, said a total of 100,000 businesses across the 36 states and FCT would benefit from the new schemes.
He said for the GOS, 2,640 businesses will benefit from 34 states, while Abia State would get 3,080 beneficiaries, Kano 3,280 and Lagos 3,880 beneficiaries.
He said the same allocation would also be utilised for the MSMEs grant.
Johnson added that the portal for the GOS would be opened for two weeks, while the portal for the grant would be opened for one week.
He said to qualify, businesses must be registered in the Corporate Affairs Commission, owned by a Nigerian and have a minimum of two staff.
He however stressed that the disbursement would be on a first come first served basis.