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BUSTED: Fraudster Impersonates CBN Director In FG's N50bn Loan Programme For Businesses

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Jun. 29, 2020

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has alerted the public to what it described as fraudulent acts by a twitter handle, @YusufPhilipYila, which poses as Mr Philip Yusuf, Director of the Bank’s Development Finance Department.
Isaac Okorafor, the CBN Director of Corporate Communications, revealed that the impostor handle had been posting messages related to the bank’s N50bn Targeted Credit Facility.
Okoroafor said the fraudster was doing so with the intent of wooing unsuspecting loan seekers and owners of small scale businesses to enter into correspondence with the owner of the fake handle.
The CBN official warned unsuspecting members of the public not to have anything to do with the said Twitter handle.
He said, “Although the CBN, through the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, has indeed disbursed loans to successful beneficiaries under its COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility, none of the bank’s official engages in direct interactions with prospective or successful applicants.”
Meanwhile, a total of N49 billion out of the N50 billion Targeted Credit Facility meant to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy has reportedly been disbursed by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Also, the CBN's Business Expectations Survey Report for June 2020 shows that at -24.3 index points, the overall confidence index (CI) indicated respondents’ pessimism on the overall macro economy in June while the respondents are optimistic in their outlook for July.
Giving details of the Targeted Credit Facility disbursement, Okorafor said on Sunday that about 80,000 operators of micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) and families have benefitted from the intervention fund.
He said the fund was expected to support the federal government’s measures to stimulate economic activities as well as to help the economy avert a looming economic recession.
“So far, out of the N50 billion targeted credit facility for households and small businesses, we have disbursed about N49 billion. We also have other intervention funds such as the N100 billion healthcare facility, whose disbursement is ongoing as well,” he added.
The apex bank had earlier released guidelines for the disbursement of the special intervention fund.
The NISRAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB) served as the disbursing financial institution and the fund is meant for SMEs, households and enterprises that have verifiable evidence of livelihood and evidence of business activities adversely impacted by the pandemic.
The guidelines for the fund had listed sectors eligible for the credit facility to include agric value chain, hospitality, health, airline service providers, manufacturing/value addition, trading as well as any other income-generating activities as may be prescribed by the CBN.
The scheme is being financed out of the CBN’s N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF).
Out of the fund, the CBN had earmarked a maximum facility of up to N25 million for MSMEs while households can access up to N3 million based on the activity, cashflow and industry/segment size of a beneficiary.
“Working capital shall be a maximum of 25 per cent of the average of the previous three years’ annual turnover; where the enterprise is not up to three years in operation, 25 per cent of the previous year’s turnover will suffice.
“Interest rate under the intervention shall be five per cent per annum all-inclusive up to 28th February 2021 and thereafter, the interest on the facility shall revert to nine per cent as from 1st March 2021,” part of guidelines for accessing the fund had stated.
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