Development Bank Disburses N133bn to MSMEs in 18 Months

January 30, 2020
Development Bank

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) said it has disbursed a total of N133 billion to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria in the past 18 months.

This disclosure was made by the Managing Director of the bank, Mr Tony Okpanachi, at the Nigerian Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, South-South Enlightenment and Engagement Forum in Asaba, Delta themed Maximizing Export Potentials of the Region for Economic Growth.

Represented by the Chief Operating Officer of the bank, Mr Bona Okhaimo, it was revealed that over 100,000 MSMEs in Nigeria benefited from the funds disbursed by its 27 Participating Financial Institutions (PFI)

“In the South South region alone, the bank has disbursed about N20 billion to 15,000 MSMEs operators while in Delta State, it has disbursed N3.1 billion to 3,000 MSMEs operators.

“DBN in 2020 has helped to build capacity by training 100 MSMEs in the Lagos Business School,” he said.

He said as a finance institution, the bank had the reach to access over $120 million to help investments in the country, noting that the bank provides access to MSMEs that braced up to the ethics and standards on investment in all sectors of the economy including the non-oil sector.

The MD spoke on the need for equality, noting that the MSMEs sector was still men dominated and called for more women to venture into the sector.

He further encouraged the investors to take advantage of the financing infrastructure available in DBN to raise their investment and key into the export potentials available in the country.

Also speaking, Mr Aliyu Abdulhameed, the Managing-Director, Nigeria Incentives-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), said that the agency had since inception disbursed N121 billion to finance projects without recording any loss.

He urged the MSMEs that produce the same commodity to form a Geo-cooperative for ease of financing by the agency.

He urged NEXIM Bank and other financial institutions to ensure they provide finance to all the various segments of the production value chain to encourage and promote MSMEs in the country.

He said that the major challenge with the MSMEs, particularly the agriculture sector was that participating farmers were scattered and not in clusters to make for easy financing.

He said that the agency had identified 19 agricultural commodities that farmers could engage in and form Geo- cooperative by acquiring enough hectares to enable the agency give them the needed support and financing.

He encouraged the investors to take advantage of the financing infrastructure available in DBN to raise their investment and key into the export potentials in the country.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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