The Nigerian government has unveiled plans to support over 1,000 nano businesses through the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS), a N50 billion grant initiative aimed at providing crucial assistance to eligible nano business owners. The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment has revealed that the grant will be disbursed to a minimum of 1,000 beneficiaries.
In a sweeping effort to bolster businesses nationwide, the government has introduced three funds totaling N200 billion, to be administered by the Bank of Industry (BOI) at a nine percent interest rate.
These funds comprise the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS), the FGN MSME Intervention Fund, and the FGN Manufacturing Sector Fund. Dr. Olasupo Olusi, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of BOI, reiterated the institution’s unwavering commitment to the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), recognizing their pivotal role in the economy.
Dr. Olusi further detailed the PCGS, emphasizing its focus on nano businesses including traders, food vendors, ICT businesses, transporters, artisans, and creatives, with a particular emphasis on supporting women and youths. Notably, beneficiaries are not obligated to repay the grant, but must meet specific eligibility criteria such as business registration, readiness to expand, and providing necessary documentation for verification.
This initiative underscores the government’s dedication to empowering MSMEs and driving economic growth throughout the nation.