It has come to the notice of the Bank of Industry (BOI) that certain persons and organisations are extorting money from members of the public under false pretences claiming to be the Bank’s agents and selling forged BOI loan application forms.

The Bank hereby restates that it does not engage agents or intermediaries to sell loan application forms or receive completed loan application forms.

The general public is hereby advised not to patronise these fraudsters and questionable characters.

The Bank of Industry’s loan application forms can be collected FREE OF CHARGE from any of BOI’s under-listed offices across the country. Prospective customers are also advised to  obtain from the Bank DIRECTLY requirements for accessing financial assistance. Information can also be sourced from the BOI’s website and its social media platforms.

The Bank of Industry’s offices and contact details:


Head Office

BOI House

23 Marina


Tel: 2715070-99


Corporate Office

BOI House

Plot 256, Zone A O

Off Herbert Macaulay Way

Behind Unity Bank

Central Business District


Tel: 08073990022.


South West Zonal Office (Akure)

BOI House

Owo Road

P.M.B 804


Tel: 08073990023


South South Zonal Office (Asaba)

Plot 25, Block 111

Phase IV Okpanam Road

P.M.B 5099


Tel: 08073990025


South East Zonal Office (Enugu)

BOI House

47 Coal City Estate

Behind CBN Building


Tel: 08073990026


North East Zonal Office (Bauchi)

BOI House

Maiduguri Road

PMB 245


Tel: 08073990028


North West Zonal Office (Kaduna)

BOI House

18 Muhammadu Buhari Way

P. M. B  2141


Tel: 08073990027


North Central Zonal Office (Abuja)

BOI House

Plot 256, Zone A O

Off Herbert Macaulay Way

Behind Unity Bank

Central Business District


Tel: 08073990022



Email: [email protected]




Bank of Industry, Kaduna State Government firm up plans to support MSMEs

The Bank of Industry has restated its commitment to MSME development in Nigeria, as it is finalising plans on a partnership with the Kaduna State Government to provide a N1billion matching fund to support MSMEs in the state. Officials of the Bank led by the Executive Director (Operations), Alhaji Mohammed G. Alkali met with a delegation from the Kaduna State Government led by the Special Adviser to the Executive Governor on Economic Matters, Mr. Bullus D. Emishe at the Bank’s Head Office in Lagos recently.

The ratification meeting was attended by  Director, Legal Drafting, Ministry of Justice, Kaduna State, Mr. Eugene Michael; Director of Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Kaduna State, Mr. Maman E. Danka; Executive Secretary, Industrialisation Management and Micro Credit Scheme, Mr. Edward P. Masha; Adviser on Economic Matters to the Executive Governor, Mr Bullus D. Emishe; Executive Director (Operations), Bank of Industry, (BOI), Alhaji Mohammed G. Alkali; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Kaduna State, Alhaji Tijjani A. Musa; Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Bank of Industry, (BOI), Mr. Emmanuel Onoji; Principal Manager, Legal Division, Bank of Industry, (BOI), Mr Hassan Osuwa; MD/CEO Kaduna Industrial & Finance Co. Ltd, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar; Zonal Manager, Kaduna Zonal Office, Bank of Industry, (BOI), Mr. Ibrahim Bisallah; Director, Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI), Mr. Lucius T. Bossan; and Banking Officer, Bank of Industry, (BOI), Ms Chinwe Okpala


BOI to Promote UNIDO’s Standardisation Drive

The Bank of Industry has accepted to drive awareness creation for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) desire to improve the Nigerian economy’s competitiveness by helping Nigerian manufacturers and exporters achieve international standards.
The Bank’s Executive Director for Business Development, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, who represented the Managing Director, Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, consented on behalf of the bank to the request from UNIDO’s Country and West Africa Director, Dr. Patrick Kormawa to provide sensitisation and promotion support to the initiative at the first ever Meeting with Organised Private Sector on the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria.
The meeting, which was held at the instance of the Country and West Africa Director, UNIDO, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, is another initiative by UNIDO to put in place in the country, a globally acceptable standard which will help to eliminate (or reduce at worst) inhibitions to the country’s businesses enjoying the benefits of domestic, regional and international trade.
Mr. Olagunju stated that the Bank was keen on the arrangement because it represented a “win-win” situation for the bank since it helped to address one of the major hindrances to accessing the Bank’s funds, while aiding to create an environment conducive for the success of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and the National Enterprise Development Plan (NEDEP) launched recently by the Federal Government, since no economy could succeed in achieving competitiveness without sticking to globally acceptable standards.
He also added that SMEs-customers of the bank also stood to gain from the initiative because adherence to standards was one of the requirements of the bank, which was introduced both to safeguard the bank’s investment as well as ensure that the customer remained viable.
UNIDO, through Dr. Kormawa, had hinted that their hopes were that the initiative, which is expected to run from 2013 – 2017, would produce legislation that will contain a national quality policy, establish an internationally recognised National Accreditation Body that will vet the activities of regulatory agencies in the country such as SON and NAFDAC, develop a National Metrology Institute to ensure that instruments are of international standards, improve the capacity of the OPS to conform to standards as well as establish conformity assessment bodies, and enhance the powers of the Consumer Protection Council and other consumer organisations to sensitise consumers on quality standards as well as ensure improved consumer protection.
This, it is expected, will improve findings from a recent UNIDO survey which showed that the ratio of non-compliance to standards in Nigeria was moderate and that for the time being, the image of made-in-Nigeria products was fair.


Mohammed Alkali, Executive Director (Operations), Has Tenure Renewed

The Federal Government has renewed the tenure of Executive Director, Operations, Bank of Industry (BoI), Mohammed Goni Alkali, for another four years.
Mr. Alkali is a first class honours degree holder in Accountancy from Bayero University, Kano. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics in University of London, United Kingdom.
He is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School, Harvard University; the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago; and the Columbia Business School at the Columbia University.
The reappointment took effect from February 2014.


Olaoluwa is BOI’s new MD/CEO

The newly appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Mr Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa resumed duties at BOI’s head office in Lagos. The former Acting Managing Director and CEO of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, who handed over to the new CEO, received him alongside other members of the Bank’s Executive Management Committee.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, Mr. Olaoluwa said all hands must be on deck towards ensuring that BOI strengthens its operations for global competitiveness and be at par with some of the world’s leading development finance institutions. He stated that the task of increasing the contribution of the manufacturing sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product cannot be undertaken by BOI alone. According to the new CEO of BOI, for the bank to effectively deliver on its mandate, the institution would have to work closely with other relevant stakeholders towards addressing the non-financial issues facing the manufacturing sector and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Mr. Olaoluwa added that “urgent steps would have to be taken to improve on BOI’s service delivery to enable it meet the unemployment challenges facing the country especially in the areas of wealth and job creation”.

Before his appointment, Mr. Olaoluwa was the Group Chief Executive Officer of UBA Capital Plc, a pan-African asset management and investment banking group, from January 2013 to May 2014, and prior to that, he was an Executive Director at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) between March 2008 and December 2012. This was coupled with his role as Chief Executive Officer of UBA Africa, where he played a key role in the expansion of UBA’s operations into 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa within three years, recording exponential growth in the bank’s deposit base and profitability during his tenure.
Before joining UBA in 2006, Mr. Olaoluwa’s career path had taken him across Arthur Andersen where he started his career in the financial services industry, and he has held various senior roles in marketing and relationship management, treasury management, currency trading and investment banking, crowning in his appointment as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the erstwhile Universal Trust Bank Plc.

An Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer holds a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ife, and an executive MBA degree from International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Spain.


Building inter-agency alliance to boost industrialisation

The Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI) Limited, Mr. Waheed Olagunju recently visited the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), one of Nigeria’s development finance institution (DFIs) to further seek collaborations between both institutions towards achieving the economic transformation objectives of the Federal Government.


Grand opening ceremony of Shongai Packaging Plastics and Recycling Plant

The Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga recently commissioned the Shongai Packaging Plastics Industries Limited, a state-of-the-art, flexible packaging and printing plant; and the Shongai Recycling Plant, both located in Sango-Otta, Ogun State. The two plants were financed by the Bank of Industry (BOI) and are owned by the SONA Group.

The acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagungu, who represented the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment at the ceremony, commended the board and management of the SONA Group for their implicit confidence in the Nigerian economy, as evidenced by their considerable investments in Nigeria over the past three decades.

He advised the Group, through its Chairman, Mr. A. K. Mirchandani, to deepen its foothold in the Nigerian economy by aligning its business development strategies with the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) that was launched by President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2014. This, the acting MD/CEO, BOI, said, would enable the Group reap higher returns on current and future investments in Nigeria and subsequently create more jobs for Nigerians, amongst other development impact on the national economy.

Responding, the SONA Group Chairman, Mr. A. K. Mirchandani disclosed that as a manifestation of the Group’s strong faith in the Nigerian economy, the Group would be commissioning three more plants before the end of the year, which will further deepen its investment drive in the Nigerian manufacturing sector in line with Nigeria’s economic development aspirations. According to him, the Group plans to increase its total investment in Nigeria by N200 million over the next three years in addition to the cumulative sum of N125 billion that had been invested since it commenced operations in Nigeria in 1981.

The Chairman also confirmed that the Group had benefitted immensely from the Federal Government’s initiatives for the manufacturing sector, including the CBN Intervention Funds, reserving special mention for the Bank of Industry. In his words, “Bank of Industry has always played a continued modeling role, activating and motivating themselves and they have always supported the industry because if not for them, it is impossible for the company to sustain the cost of its operations.”

The SONA Group Nigeria is a conglomerate of different companies with focus on manufacturing that currently employs more than 2,000 workers. Its recently commissioned ultramodern flexible packaging plant with 5-layer blown film that has been described as the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa was established to make made-in-Nigeria products globally competitive due to attractive and durable packaging while the Shongai Recycling Plant was established to collect plastic garbage from the environment and use them as 100% re-processed materials for production of plastic pallets and sundry products for local use and export to ECOWAS countries.


BOI, AFRIMA collaborate to improve structures in the creative industry

The Bank of Industry (BOI) is collaborating with the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to improve structures in the country’s creative and entertainment industries, with a view to increasing the economic benefits that harnessing these industries would bring to Nigeria.
Stating this at a press briefing in Lagos, the acting Managing Director, BOI, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, said this would aid both industries and the country in general to take full advantage of the abundant talents the country has in these areas, as well as save the nation’s huge foreign exchange spent on acquiring structures and facilities including studios.
Mr. Olagunju further pointed out that notwithstanding the little attention given to the entertainment sector, it still contributed about 1.42 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“In BOI’s paradigm shift, we have paid considerable attention to the creative industry because we are aware of its potential and contributions to the Nigerian economy under the rebased figured released recently; the industry contributes about 1.42 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP and this is without support. This shows that there is a lot more to be achieved if given the necessary support,” he said.
Regarding the structures needed to support the industry, Olagunju made the call to foreign and private investors to consider investments in the creative and entertainment industries, stating that it would help to create job opportunities as well as support other value chains in the sector.
He said, “We are assuring you that we will look at your proposals and evaluate them to see how best we can support this process. We have talents in Nigeria but what we are lacking are mainly structures. The National Copyright Commission is doing its best to ensure that intellectual property right is protected.
“If we get things right, this partnership will not only help us to conserve foreign exchange but will also help us to attract foreign exchange and put up structures that are of world-class standards.”
In their response, the Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, said the objective of AFRIMA was to create an opportunity to communicate the identity of Africa and fashion out means to increase the industry’s contribution to national GDPs across Africa.
“AFRIMA is in partnership with the Africa Union because we observed that the creative sector has tremendous impact on Africa’s GDP which we have barely scratched its surface. We are also calling for support from both the public and private sectors in this regard,” he added.
The Director, Brand Communications and Sponsorship, AFRIMA, Mrs. Matlou Tsotetsi, said that part of AFRIMA’s effort to drive growth in the sector had been its quest to get partnerships from the private and public sectors to key into the initiative.


BOI commits to ease access to finance worries for MSMEs

The Bank of Industry (BOI) Limited has said that it is constantly innovating its processes to ensure that funding support is available to MSMEs.

This is according to the General Manager, SME, Mr. Abdul-Ganiyu Mohammed at the tripartite meeting between the Bank and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), its partnering agencies on the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP).

This statement was made in response to the concerns raised by the Industrial Training Fund’s representative that loans provided by the Bank of Industry could not be accessed by the graduates of their skills acquisition training programmes because the conditions were too stringent.

Quick to dispel these concerns, Mr. Mohammed said that the Bank had already tried to address the issue of access to finance through its Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) and the cooperative lending schemes, which de-emphasised the request for collateral and instead, advocates the use of guarantors as security. He added that other schemes are still being considered, and once research can confirm their viability, these schemes for easy access to finance from the Bank of Industry would also be made known to the public. He further noted that the Bank recognised the different capacities of MSMEs and this has informed the classification of businesses either as Limited Liability, Enterprise, and Business Name; with each of these requiring different requirements to access loans.

Mr. Mohammed also pointed out that the reason for the requirements was just to ensure that only fitting beneficiaries would enjoy access to funding, especially since the requirements only helped to provide proof of the practice of good corporate governance by the beneficiaries, and to ensure that they could repay the loans they were getting.

Under the NEDEP programme, Mr. Mohammed pointed out that the bank was committed to playing its role as part of the trident agency partnership to actualise the objectives of the programme. He said however, that access to finance, which is one leg of the tripod execution strategy of the programme, could only come after skills acquisition (to be provided by the ITF) and entrepreneurship development (which is the responsibility of SMEDAN) had been acquired by the prospective beneficiaries. He therefore called for increased synergy between the partnering agencies towards achieving the objectives of the NEDEP programme, one of his suggestions being that BOI should be informed of training programmes by both ITF and SMEDAN so that the Bank could provide resource persons who would train on how beneficiaries could access finance.

Agreements at the meeting included the need for a sensitisation programme for prospective beneficiaries to educate them on the NEDEP programme, with reference to how they stood to benefit, and what they could benefit. Also, a consensus was reached that more meetings of this nature were needed to build the synergy among the partnering agencies and address any knowledge or communication gaps that may exist on how all three could work to achieve the objectives of NEDEP.

The tripartite meeting with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), and the Bank of Industry (BOI) on loan applications received from Lagos State Government cooperative societies under the NEDEP programme is one of the many meetings designed to deepen the relationship among the agencies working on the NEDEP programme. Other attendees at the meeting include the Regional Manager, South, Mr. Balarabe Hassan, the Senior Manager, SME/Managed Funds, Mr. Ganiyu Jimoh, the Senior Manager, Stratgic Planning, Engr. Kola Adewole, the Zonal Manager, Lagos, Mr. Monday Ejigbo, Deputy Manager, Lagos Zonal Office, Miss Marian Hart, all of BOI; Engr. Ekpe Cletus, Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Coker, Mr. Abdul-Rasaq Adeniran, all of the ITF; Mrs. Olusola Oluwole from SMEDAN; and Mr. Ajina Adesina, an independent consultant representing the Lagos State Government cooperative societies.

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AFDB’s $500m facility ready for access soon – BOI

The Bank of Industry (BOI) is perfecting all documents pertaining to the release of the $500m Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Fund, and will soon make it available to industrialists, it has been announced. The announcement was made by the Chairman, Shareholders’ Committee of BOI Mohammed Kyari Dikwa in Abuja during the bank’s 53rd Annual General Meeting (AGM). According to him, the $500million credit line was facilitated by the Federal Government to boost the country’s industrial base, adding that “It is with the expectation to deepen the Bank’s credit delivery process that the Federal Government facilitated the approval of the $500 million Line of Credit from Africa Development Bank (AfDB) for BOI to utilize for the funding of the industrial sector at concessionary rate. “As soon as BOI complies with the disbursement processes which has reached an advanced stage, Nigerian industrialists will start benefiting from the incentive-backed facility.”


AGM: BOI boosts Nigerian economy with N870bn in two years, posts 53.4% income growth

Bank of Industry, BoI has put the total loan disbursement across various sectors of the Nigeria economy within two years at N870.44bn and recorded more 53.4 per cent growth in its income in 2012, its chairman Shareholders Committee, Bank of Industry, BoI, Alhaji Muhammed Dikwa has disclosed.

Speaking at the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the bank in Abuja last weekend, Dikwa said that loans and advances to the real sector of the economy and other comprehensive incomes accounted for the performance. According to the chairman, the gross income rose from N10.01 billion in 2011 to N15.35 billion in 2012.

Giving the breakdown of the N870.44bn disbursed across the various sectors of the country’s economy within the years under review, he said that the “agri-business value chain, including rice, cassava and the cotton, textile and garment sub-sectors” benefitted N53.3billion while the entertainment sector gulped N337.60million. Other sectors that have benefitted from the bank’s loan disbursement also include, Aviation (181bn), Textile (50.39bn), Rice (N2.8bn), NAC fund (N9.74bn) Cement (N0.719bn) and Restructuring and Refinancing Fund (N229.18bn).

Dikwa said that the bank surpassed its record of 2011 in terms of development loans and advances to small businesses in the country. He also stated that “impairment charges” rose from N40.048 million in 2011 to N6.989 billion in 2012 and attributed the achievement to the adoption of International Financial Reporting System by the bank.

The chairman, however, announced that the bank’s profit after tax dropped from N1.85 in 2011 to N1.10 in 2012, describing the decrease as “drastic”. He said that in spite of the drop in profit “which is mainly attributed to IFRS adjustment, the modest sum of N178, 642, 300 is being proposed as dividend to be paid to shareholders.”

He expressed optimism that the bank would record tremendous improvement in its operations in 2013, saying that it had remained focused in the transformation of the country’s economy. The chairman noted that the bank made substantial investment in building the capacities of its staff in key professional areas, including investment risk evaluation, monitoring and portfolio management skills. He said that the bank carried out intervention in “Agri-business” in 2012, as demonstration of its role as a key driver of the transformation agenda of the present administration.

He added that the bank, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, provided technical and financial support to prospective investors in alternative and renewable energy, and entertainment subsector with N337.60 million. “The necessity of these interventions holds sway in view of the fact that the non-oil sector drives real Gross Domestic Product, GDP growth in the economy”, he said.


BOI and General Electric to boost SMEs’ access to infrastructure funding by N81bn

Foremost global infrastructure and technology company, General Electric (GE), and the Bank of Industry have in cooperation announced plans to create affordable access to funding to the tune of over N81 billion ($500 million) for the small and medium enterprises (SME) infrastructure sector. The agreement would see Bank of Industry and GE providing access to finance to qualified SMEs in critical sectors including healthcare, power, and transportation.

At a media briefing at the BOI corporate head office attended by the visiting global chairman of GE, Jeff Immelt, the Managing Director of BOI, Ms. Evelyn Oputu, said, “the initiative is intended to support the establishment, modernization and expansion of infrastructure and high technology SMEs.”

She added that the fund is also expected to make available an enhanced competitive platform for benefitting companies to attract, recruit and retain highly skilled Nigerian talent currently in management and other leadership positions with leading organisations in and outside Nigeria, adding that GE and BOI anticipate that the programme will also attract additional foreign direct investment into the infrastructure sector.

The global Chairman of GE, Jeff Immelt, expressed delight with the commitment of stakeholders to address the infrastructure shortage in the country and said that tackling the problem would help the country to begin to harness its great potentials for job creation and poverty alleviation, while the president of GE Nigeria, Lazarus Angbazo, lauded BOI for supporting GE’s commitment to working with relevant stakeholders to address infrastructural challenges across sectors.

Angbazo said: “This engagement is in line with GE’s country-to-company agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria across critical sectors of healthcare, transportation and power.

The global Chairman of GE, Jeff Immelt, expressed delight with the commitment of stakeholders to address the infrastructure deficit in the country which has great potentials for job creation and poverty alleviation.

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