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BOI LAUNCHES PALLIATIVE FOOD PROGRAMME

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has unveiled the Bank of Industry’s  (BoI’s) palliative food programme in its bid to cushion the effect of challenges currently being faced by Nigerians.

The Honourable Minister, Dr Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, at the launch of the programme at BoI’s head office in Lagos, said the move is coming on the heels of the present administration’s effort to support the vulnerable.

The Minister stated that as a responsive government, it has announced a number of programmes aimed at ameliorating the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.

She pledged the government’s support for industries to enhance local production while also ensuring food security.

In her words, “The launch of the BOI Palliative programme is a strong commitment to food security. We are seeking ways to address the food insecurity issues currently being faced in the country. The federal government is aware of the skyrocketing food prices and is working with relevant stakeholders in the food value chain to address this challenge.”

Also speaking, the Managing Director, BOI, Dr. Olasupo Olusi, said the development finance institution is working closely with the federal government to ensure that the palliative gets to the targeted beneficiaries across the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) starting in Lagos and Abuja.

The Bank will engage its food processing customers for the purchase of food items at affordable prices while also working with all the State governors for the sharing/donation of the purchased food items.

According to him, the food palliative programme is a clear demonstration of the Bank’s commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration.

It will be recalled that the bank recently launched the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS) which provides N50,000 grants to qualifying small businesses across various sectors nationwide.

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Federal Government Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS) Rolls Out To Empower Nano Businesses Across Nigeria

The Federal Government has rolled out the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS) to empower Nano businesses as part of the Presidential Palliative Program.

Beginning on March 9, 2024, the scheme offers financial grants, without repayment obligations, to eligible small business owners operating in various sectors such as trading, food services, ICT, transportation, creatives, and artisans. The PCGS targets 70% women and youth, 10% people with disabilities, and 5% senior citizens, with the remaining 15% distributed to other demographics.

By focusing on the often overlooked group of business owners, the program seeks to unlock the potential of Nigeria’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem and drive sustainable economic development at the grassroots level.

The N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) grant per beneficiary paid directly to beneficiaries’ accounts will reach one million small businesses in the 774 local government areas (LGAs) and the six council areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). With a target of 1,000,000  beneficiaries in every LGA and the FCT, the program has the potential to impact communities nationwide significantly.

Beneficiaries of the initiative have been selected through a rigorous process that includes the verification of each business owner through their National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The successful applicants met specific criteria, including owning a small business with progressive economic potential, a willingness to grow, and engage at least one additional staff member when necessary. Applicants also provided proof of residential/business address and relevant personal and bank account information before the December 18, 2023 deadline.

The Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme underscores the government’s commitment to supporting small-scale entrepreneurs and driving inclusive economic growth. With a strong emphasis on inclusivity and empowerment, the PCGS is poised to make a tangible impact on the lives of small business owners and their communities across Nigeria.

The initiative is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with the Bank of Industry as the Executing Agency.

For more information about the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS), please visit the official website [https://grant.fedgrantandloan.gov.ng/].

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BOI SET TO DISBURSE N200BN TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment (FMITI), has established three funds totaling N200,000,000,000 (Two Hundred Billion Naira) to support businesses across Nigeria: The Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS); The FGN MSME Intervention Fund; and the FGN Manufacturing Sector Fund. The Bank of Industry (BOI) has been appointed as the executing agency of the funds, vested with the responsibility for its day-to-day administration.

The Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS), is a N50,000,000,000 (Fifty Billion Naira) grant scheme to support eligible Nano Business owners. The Grant will be disbursed to a minimum of 1,000 beneficiaries (especially Women and Youths) per Local Government Area (LGA) in the 774 LGAs across the Nation and the 6 (six) Council Areas in the FCT. The target nano businesses include: Traders, Food Vendors, ICT businesses, Transporters, Artisans, Creatives, among others. This is the grant component of the initiative, as beneficiaries are not required to pay back. To be eligible, beneficiaries must own a nano business and be willing to register a business name as their business grows, and be willing to engage at least one additional staff member if the business turnover increases; They must also be willing to provide proof of residential/business address in their Local Government Area, provide relevant personal and bank account information, including but not limited to Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identification Number (NIN) for verification of identity. The beneficiary must meet the application submission deadline for the scheme.

The FGN MSME Intervention Fund, is a N75,000,000,000 (Seventy-Five Billion Naira) fund, for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria. The fund would be used to support eligible micro, small and medium enterprises and serve as a cushion against the high cost of production, marketing and distribution of products arising mainly from infrastructure deficiencies and other ancillary factors involving MSMEs in Nigeria. Each beneficiary would receive a maximum of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira). The fund would be disbursed at an interest rate of 9% all-inclusive per annum, with a tenor of 3 years for equipment and working capital.

The FGN Manufacturing Sector Fund is a N75,000,000,000 (Seventy-Five Billion Naira) fund, that would be used to support eligible manufacturing companies and help cushion against the high and rising costs of production, marketing and distribution of products arising from infrastructural deficiencies and other ancillary factors affecting the manufacturing sector in Nigeria. Beneficiaries would receive up to N1billion (One Billion Naira), disbursed at an interest rate of 9% all-inclusive per annum, with a tenor of 5 years for term loans, and 1 year for working capital.

The MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, Dr. Olasupo Olusi, reiterated BOI’s commitment to the development of MSMEs as the bedrock of the economy, which is in line with His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Federal Government Launches Expanded MSME Clinics in Benue State

In a dedicated effort to strengthen Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the nation, the Federal Government has officially unveiled the Expanded National MSME Clinics. The maiden edition of the program held in Makurdi, Benue State on January 9, 2024, with a special focus on the thriving MSME sector in the state.

Speaking at the event, Vice-President Kashim Shettima reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promoting a thriving MSME environment in the country. He also revealed plans to establish a world-class fashion hub in Makurdi, which would support the growing fashion cluster in Benue.

In a joint effort, the Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Benue State government launched a N2 billion MSME development fund in 2016 to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of citizens. This fund represents a shared commitment to drive business growth and development.

To learn more about accessing the Bank of Industry’s support in Benue State, please visit our office at 17 Jonah Jang Road, Hudco Quarters, Makurdi.

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BOI at the 24th Annual World Economic Forum Meeting

At a special session at the 24th Annual World Economic Forum Meeting ongoing in Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Supo Olusi, Managing Director, Bank of Industry  attended the unveiling of the audacious “timbuktoo” initiative by the UNDP, an initiative dedicated to propelling Africa’s innovation and startup ecosystem.

As Africa emerges as a tech superpower, highlighted by private venture capital investments surging six times faster than the global average, and Nigeria leading at an impressive $1.2 billion in 2022, the newly launched Timbuktoo Africa Innovation Fund aims to create jobs and transform livelihoods across the continent through collaborative efforts.

In this transformative era, the Bank of Industry remains unwavering in its commitment to fostering youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital and tech sectors. Recognizing these efforts as crucial for job creation and sustainable economic growth, the Bank of Industry continues to actively function as a catalyst for a brighter future for every Nigerian.

BOI MD at 24th Annual World Economic Forum Meeting
L-R Dr. Olasupo Olusi, MD/CEO Bank of Industry, Ltd; Mr. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat; Mr Olusegun Awolowo, Secretary, National Action Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area
Dr. Olasupo Olusi, MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, Ltd and Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr. Olasupo Olusi, MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, Ltd and Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and Dr. Olasupo Olusi, MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, Ltd
President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and Dr. Olasupo Olusi, MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, Ltd
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BOI WINS TWO SERAS AWARDS FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND MOST EFFECTIVE MDA IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

December 15th, 2023, Lagos Nigeria– The Bank of Industry (BOI) was honoured with two SERAS Awards at the recently concluded Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards also known as the SERAS CSR Awards.  BOI was awarded the ‘Best Company in Financial Inclusion’ and the ‘Most Effective MDA/Parastatal in Sustainable Development’.

BOI was recognized for its efforts and strides in championing sustainable development by supporting the growth of MSMEs through its Interventions platform via programmes such as the NG Cares, MSME Survival Fund and the State Enterprise Empowerment Programme (SEEP).

Speaking on this achievement, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of BOI Dr. Olasupo Olusi said “This recognition is a testament to the Bank’s commitment to supporting the growth of MSMEs and promoting sustainable development in Nigeria. We remain committed to employing sustainable business practices in our operations in line with our strategic objectives.”

The SERAS CSR Awards seek to promote the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa by providing a platform that measures and harmonizes the contributions of the private sector, government/public sector, and non-governmental organizations to attain set targets.

The Bank also won the “Best Company in Financial Inclusion’ and the “Best New Entry” Awards in 2021, as well as the “Best Company in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” award in 2022.

2022 Press Releases

BOI Wins Bonds & Loans Africa Awards For ‘International Syndicated Loan Deal Of The Year’

March 9th, 2022. Cape Town, South Africa – The Bank of Industry (BOI) has received the highly coveted award for the ‘International Syndicated Loan Deal of The Year’ at the Bonds & Loans Africa Awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 in Mount Nelson, Cape Town. BOI was presented this award in recognition of its $1bn Syndicated Term Loan Facility successfully raised in the international market in December 2020.

“This recognition highlights our impact as Nigeria’s leading Development Finance Institution committed to maximizing our developmental impact by raising and deploying the funds that enhance our capacity to support our customers,” said Mr. Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Industry, on receiving the award. “We look forward to intensifying our efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth for Nigeria and the continent at large. 

The exhaustive selection process for the awards involves close examination of deal size, tenor, structure, and distribution; analysis and background of the borrower and their accessibility to financing; with extra credit for deals that demonstrate high quality execution, accessing new pools of liquidity, innovative structuring, and opening-up new markets. The 2021 Bonds & Loans Africa Awards was postponed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, as such, the ceremony featured winners selected on performance in 2020 and 2021.

Mr. Pitan acknowledged the significant role that myriad strategic partners played in the consummation of this deal in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic: “We are especially grateful for the support of our lead arrangers, underwriters and book runners; Afreximbank, Credit Suisse A.G, Rand Merchant Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and The Central Bank of Nigeria which provided a 100% currency swap that allowed us to mitigate foreign exchange rate risks.”

This award comes on the back of BOI’s successful issuance of a €750mn Senior Eurobond (the first by any African national DFI) in February 2022. In the last four years, Bank of Industry has raised about $3.8bn from the international financial market: This includes another syndicated loan of €1bn in March 2020; and a $750mn syndicated medium-term loan in 2018 which has been fully paid off. 

The Bonds & Loans Africa Awards has been recognizing the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from sovereign, corporate and financial institution issuers and borrowers since 2014. The annual event brings together the industry’s most high-profile figures thereby raising the profile of the African financial markets with the international investment community.

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About Bank of Industry: The Bank of Industry (BOI) is Nigeria’s foremost and oldest Development Finance Institution and has been in operation for over 60 years: initially incorporated in 1959 as Investment Company of Nigeria (ICON), it became BOI in 2001. BOI’s mission is to transform Nigeria’s industrial sector by providing financial and advisory support services to enterprises. BOI promotes financial inclusion through long-term financing and counter-cyclical loans diversified across industries such as agro-processing, gender businesses and renewable energy, among others. As BOI is not a deposit money Bank, it has to frequently engage in capital raising activities to sustain its capacity to continue supporting its customers across key sectors and segments of the Nigerian economy.  BOI has raised about $3.8bn from the international financial market in the last four years. This includes a $750mn syndicated medium-term loan in 2018; a €1bn syndicated loan in March 2020; a $1bn syndicated loan in December 2020; and a €750mn Senior Eurobond (the first by any African national DFI) in February 2022. The $750mn raised in 2018 has been fully paid off while the other loans are performing. In the last 6 years, the Bank has disbursed over $2.7bn to over 3mn enterprises which has facilitated the creation of over 7mn direct and indirect jobs, thereby advancing sustainable development. BOI holds a National Long-Term Rating of ‘AAA (nga)’ and Long-Term Issuer Default Rating of ‘B’ with a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings; and an ‘Aa3.ng/NG-1’ national scale issuer rating and a ‘B2’corporate family rating (CFR) from Moody’s.

 

2021 Press Releases

N19.7BN Disbursed To 3,000 Enterprises In South-West – BOI

Over 3,000 enterprises in South-Western Nigeria have enjoyed support from the Bank of Industry to the tune of N19.7bn since 2019 from its own funds. This was disclosed by the Managing Director, BoI, Mr Olukayode Pitan, during the official opening of the Ekiti branch office of the bank in Ado-Ekiti.

The Managing Director, who was represented by the Executive Director, Corporate Services, Jonathan Tobin, revealed that through the bank’s N200m matching fund partnership with Ekiti State, which was signed in March 2010, it had supported the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs by giving loans of up to N167m to different enterprises across the state.

According to Mr. Pitan, “The objective of this initiative is to partner with state governments towards supporting micro, small and medium enterprises in such states, by each party setting aside equal amounts of funds.

“The Bank of Industry has a long-standing relationship with Ekiti State, as the state is one of our earliest strategic partners with respect to our matching fund initiative.”

Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, said that the BoI had contributed significantly to the industrialisation strategy of the Federal Government across various sectors and business segments in Nigeria through its several innovative financial and business support interventions.

On the part of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, he called on the Bank to extend its partnership with the state toward helping farmers transition from subsistence farming to commercial and agro-processing levels.

He also called on the bank to explore the knowledge economy, which he described as one of the pillars of his administration, for investment. He said the state had demonstrated its commitment to ease of doing business, adding, “Our vision is to make Ekiti a destination of choice for investment by providing an enabling environment to Small and Medium-scale Enterprises.”

 

2021 Press Releases

BOI Supports Startup Ecosystem With Tech Hubs To Tackle Youth Unemployment

The Bank of Industry (BoI) has said that it is venturing into entrepreneurial training for Nigerian youths to harness and maximise their potential, and will back them by establishing tech hubs to nurture the ecosystem in the country.

The Managing Director, Mr. Olukayode Pitan, stated this at the BoI-UNILAG Incubation and Co-working Hub opening and commissioning in University of Lagos.

According to Mr. Pitan, the Bank would be supporting the establishment of tech hubs across the country, similar to the one commissioned in UNILAG, in recognition of the talented youths in universities and the need to channel youths to more productive and impactful ends, rather than social vices like internet fraud. 

The Managing Director further stated that the bank remained committed to providing funding to support credible and bankable ideas that emerge from the tech hubs to enable them to start operations and scale into viable businesses, stating that embracing technology and infusing it into business processes will make organisations and the country more competitive while adding that the tech industry can be a major pillar of a diversified economy.

“It can create exciting jobs that encourage our young people to stay in Nigeria even as they work and compete globally,” he said. “BoI is happy to support this programme because it aligns with our mission to transform Nigeria’s industrial sector by providing financial and business support services so that new businesses will emerge and existing enterprise will thrive,” he said. He noted that the overall objective is to ensure that the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments generate better benefits for the country, stressing that a hub like this gives young people the opportunity to create legitimate wealth while adding their own quota to economic development of Lagos state.

2021 Press Releases

Funding Opportunities Available For Startups – Mr. Pitan

The Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Olukayode Pitan, has acknowledged the strong contributions that startups make towards solving present problems in the country through their innovation. 

Making this assertion at the first edition of the community engagement development workshop organised by the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research Centre (AMDRC) of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mr. Pitan pointed out that the Bank was committed to helping startups because their innovative offerings are helping to drive economic growth in the country, adding that since they are the new rockstars of the entrepreneurship world, it is imperative that any economy that wants to thrive in the 21st century must support and have a thriving start-up ecosystem.

According to him, “Their success and impact, in spite of the challenges they face, has further bolstered arguments made about the importance and roles of entrepreneurship and innovation in the economic future of Nigeria.

“It is commonly acknowledged that innovation is a key trigger for any economy that hopes to be competitive and achieve sustainable progress. Economies that desire to become innovative must also foster a culture of entrepreneurship, as there cannot be innovation without entrepreneurship.

“Unlike traditional enterprises, these high-growth enterprises or Start-ups face enormous uncertainty as they seek to create their own business models that can be scalable, but by continuously experimenting, learning, and innovating, start-ups differentiate themselves from other traditional enterprises and became leaders in their respective markets.

“By continuously seeking to create scalable business models, start-ups are able to scale up faster, create more jobs, contribute more to economic output, and drive more competition than traditional enterprises.

He added that the Bank of Industry offers funding opportunities for startups to access capital through the Alitheia IDF, which is managed by Alitheia Capital, with investments from the Bank. He added that the fund targets supporting innovative start-ups that are founded and managed by women. There is also the BOI NTec Fund, targeted at innovative start-ups in Nigeria, which is currently being managed by Verod Capital.

He said, in addition to these funds, BOI has an ongoing programme to establish technology incubators across the country, 7 of which are currently in operation across various states with 2 of them  operating at the University of Lagos. “These incubators provide promising start-ups with an environment that allows them to generate and test their ideas, have access to resources (such as training and mentorship), and grow without any pressure,” he said.