In 2021, more beneficiaries continued to emerge under the Federal Government’s N75bn survival fund for small businesses, with Gombe and Rivers being the latest to acknowledge the scheme. The Federal Government (FG) had extended registration for the payroll support scheme to enable some states to meet their quotas. 

The payroll support scheme is designed to assist vulnerable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by paying the salaries of their staff for a period of three months. Speaking at the payroll support activation held in Obio/Akpor Rivers State, the Regional Manager, South at BOI, Pacqueens Irabor, highlighted that the beneficiaries present had come to trust the authenticity and transparency of the scheme. Also, the Team Lead, Growth and Field Operations, BOI, in Gombe, Goodness Adewale, explained that the initiative was part of measures to help businesses cushion the effect of the pandemic on their businesses.