The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cried out over the refusal of the majority of farmers who benefited from the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) to repay their loans.
CBN Development Finance Officer, Mr Sadeeq Ajayi revealed this at the Agribusiness Innovation Clinic.
He claimed that the majority of the beneficiaries regard the loan as their part of the national cake in his speech entitled Fostering Innovation and Collaboration Across the Agricultural Value Chain, which was organized by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
He urged farmers who had delayed their agricultural loans to repay them, claiming that the CBN’s failure to retrieve the loans from defaulting farmers had jeopardized the plan and prohibited other farmers from using it.
“While the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme had recorded some level of success, the failure of farmers to repay the loans has, however, been a major setback.
“Many of the farmers refused to pay back their loans due to the misconception that since CBN is the lender, the loan is a ‘national cake’ and they do not have to pay back what they consider theirs as citizens.
“This attitude has made it difficult for other farmers, who also want to access the loan, to benefit from the scheme,” he said.
In 2021, about 2.85 million farmers benefitted from the Anchor Borrowers Programme. Investors King gathered that N554.63bn was disbursed, of which N61.02bn was allocated to 359,370 dry season farmers.
In its October monthly report, the CBN also revealed that the Anchor Borrowers Program disbursed N1.9 billion to 2,521 farmers to cultivate 8,963 hectares of land through three participating financial institutions.
Cassava, cotton, fish, groundnut, maize, poultry, rice, soya beans, wheat, cattle, sorghum, ginger, castor seed, sesame, tomato, cocoa, yellow pepper, oil palm, cowpea, and onion were among the crops cultivated on 3,097,834 hectares, according to the report.
ABP is an agricultural loan scheme launched by the federal government in 2015 through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide loans (in kind and cash) to smallholder farmers in order to increase agricultural production, create jobs, and reduce food import bills in order to conserve foreign reserves.
Lagos Chamber of Commerce Advised FG on Borrowing, Proffer Solutions to Foreign Exchange Crises
LCCI lamented that additional borrowings will further increase Nigeria’s debt-servicing bill
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( LCCI) has advised the Federal Government to explore alternative ways to finance the deficit in the 2023 budget proposal. LCCI lamented that additional borrowings will further increase Nigeria’s debt-servicing bill.
Investors King understands that the 2023 budget proposal as submitted to the National Assembly by the president has a deficit of N10.78 trillion.
Speaking at the organisation’s 134th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos, LCCI President, Dr Olawale Cole, stated that although the chamber does not totally frown at the budget deficits, the chamber, however, is not disposed to issuing new commercial loans as well as bilateral and multilateral loans to finance the deficit.
Dr. Olawale added that while President Buhari alongside other African presidents is seeking debt cancelation from international creditors, the presidents across the African continent keep piling up debts.
“The world is a bit confused at our president’s well-publicized call for debt cancellation at the last United Nations General Assembly,” he noted.
Speaking further on the danger of the country’s incessant borrowing, Olawale said “the borrowings are significantly increasing, and Nigeria is struggling to service these debts due to revenue mobilisation challenges and an increased fuel subsidy burden”.
“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that debt servicing may gulp 100 percent of the federal government’s revenue by 2026 if the government fails to implement adequate measures to improve revenue generation,” he lamented.
Similarly, the LCCI president also spoke on the foreign exchange challenges in Nigeria. He noted that the major cause of the fall in naira is a result of the drop in oil output and weak production amid increased demand for foreign currency.
“The real solution to our forex scarcity crises is to boost production and expand exports. We must also resolve the crises around oil production, as 80 percent of forex earnings come from oil and gas exports,” he said.
FG Plans N3.2bn Loan For Artisanal Miners
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has announced a cumulative loan of N3.2 billion for artisanal miners across the country.
Announcing the development, the Minister of Mines and Steel Mr Olamilekun Adegbite noted that miners who form a cooperative society will be able to access up to N100 million as loan from the pool of N3.2 billion.
According to the minister, the loans will be given at low-interest rates to boost the diversification of Nigeria’s mining industry. Noting that the first step towards accessing the loan is for miners to form a cooperative society.
He noted that once the miners come together to form a cooperative, the ministry of mines will give them the appropriate equipment and licensing.
“Once the miners are registered, they would benefit from all the government incentives like training and free tools,” he said.
The minister added that alternatively, artisanal miners can join a cooperative society to access the loan at just five percent interest with the opportunity to make repayment within a period of 20 years.
Adegbite included that the fund, a sum of N3.2 billion has been deposited with the Bank of Industry (BOI) to essentially make the process a swift one.
He further noted that the ministry has already registered more than a thousand cooperatives. A situation which has brought revenue to the government in terms of royalty.
” I was told we have more than a thousand cooperatives that have registered with us. Some of them have successfully transitioned from artisanal miners to small-scale miners”.
“There are still many of them out there but we are winning because we are winning them over with incentives. So, because they are working, they are paying revenue to the government by paying their royalty, so it is a win-win situation,” he said.
Investors King understands that illegal mining is prevalent in Nigeria, especially in rich deposit areas of Zamfara and Osun State.
This has significantly deprived the government a sizable amount of revenue while igniting insecurity around the host communities.
Top 20 Mobile Loan Apps in Nigeria For Your Business and Other Needs
20 best loan apps in Nigeria: here is an objective list of the top 20 loan apps in Nigeria for your business and other personal needs.
Loan apps in Nigeria: here is an objective list of the top 20 loan apps in Nigeria for your business and other personal needs.
Investors King understands that many businesses and individuals need additional or urgent capital especially as inflation continues to affect peoples’ purchasing power.
Therefore, the following loan apps can be a quick stop for your business or personal needs. Please note that the list is not ranked by hierarchy since businesses and individuals will desire different services such as different interest rates and different loan tenure.
Moreover, be aware that once you register on any of the loan apps, you have surrendered all your contact lists to them.
FairMoney is one of the most patronised quick loan apps in Nigeria. It could be useful for students and small businesses. It has more than 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store with 4.4-star ratings.
The process to get a loan from FairMoney is fast and easy, especially if you have built a good credit score. A good credit score is if you have not defaulted on a loan before.
On FairMoney, you can access between N1,500 to N500,000 with repayment periods from 61 days to 180 days with an interest rate between 10% to 30%.
FairMoney also has a referral program where you can earn extra cash if you refer new users.
Branch application is another easy and quick loan app platform. With more than 10 million downloads, it is Nigeria’s most downloaded loan app on Google Play Store. It also has a user reviews rating of 4.5 stars.
The application determines loan eligibility and personalised loan offers using the users’ smartphone data. On the Branch platform, you can borrow loans as low as N1,000 up to N200,000 within 24hrs with a repayment period of 4 to 40 weeks.
Branch also uses repayment history to determine eligibility and access to higher amounts. The interest rate is between 15% – 34%.
Palmcredit is among the best loan apps in Nigeria. It allows you to receive a loan for as little as N2,000 and as much as N100,000 directly from the app within 3 minutes.
More than five million people have downloaded Palmcredit on Google Play Store and it has a 4.2-star rating.
Palmcredit has a loan duration that ranges from 91 to 180 days while the interest rate is between 14% and 24%.
QuickCheck is a quick loan app that uses machine learning to predict borrowers’ behaviour and instantly evaluate loan applications.
As a first-time customer, you can obtain a loan of N10,000 for 30 days.
Quickcheck has an excellent method of obtaining a loan. With the QuickCheck app on your phone, you may acquire immediate loans directly into your bank account at any time of day or night.
Aella credit is obviously popular among Nigerians. It has more than 1 million downloads on Google Play Store.
The financial service platform has a rating of 4.1 stars.
Aella has a loan range from N2000 to N1,000,000 with repayment periods from 1 – 3 months.
Carbon is a digital bank that not only provides access to loans but also possibilities for investing, money transfer, airtime purchase, bill payment, and a lot more.
You do not need a guarantor or collateral when you want to access a loan from carbon. Most importantly, the platform welcomes students, workers and even businesses.
Another interesting thing about carbon is that it works 24 hours a day while loans can be accessed within minutes.
Okash is a subsidiary of Opay. Apart from accessing loans from Okash, you can also transact, purchase airtime, pay bills, and lots more.
It has more than 4 million downloads on the Google Play Store with a star rating of 4.3.
The interest rate on Okash is between 0.1% to 1% on a daily basis, the annual interest rate is between 36.5% and 360% while repayment date is between 91 days to 365 days.
Loan on KwikMoney comes with an entirely different experience as loans can be obtained without the use of the app.
You can log in to the company’s official website at Kwikmoney.com to complete the loan in seconds using only your phone number and have the money deposited directly into your bank account.
On KwikMoney, the sooner you repay your previous loans, the greater the amount you can borrow next time.
The KiaKia Platform is another safe platform for borrowing money and getting instant loans in Nigeria.
It could be ideal for students looking to pay school fees for the semester or for business. Kiakia loan is owned by Sterling Bank. You can get started by daily *882# on your mobile phone.
Interest rates range from as low as 12% and as high as 40% based on 6 to 18 months tenure.
Cash offers simple and convenient loans for students in Nigeria. It is available in both the Android Playstore and the Apple App Store.
Depending on your payment history, you could get a short-term loan on Blocka for as little as N5,000 and as much as N50,000.
Repayment of a minimum of 3% per month and a maximum of 10% per month are made monthly on blocka cash.
CreditVille is another money loan app that is suitable for students. You may acquire loan offers ranging from N100,000 to N4,000,000 for up to 18 months with no collateral.
Interest rates on CreditVille range between 6% to 31%. You can simply go to the company’s official website and fill out the registration form to access a loan.
In most cases, you will receive your loan in 4 hours after meeting the necessary and documentation.
Lidya loan is one of the fastest loan apps in the market. The platform provides credit to enterprises ranging from N500 to N50,000. Its platform is also ideal for students.
The platform uses credit scores to disburse loans. In most cases, loans are disbursed within 24 hours or less.
Interest rates on Lidya range from 3.5% to 20% depending on the tenure of the loan.
This is a CBN-licensed financial firm that provides personal loans in Nigeria.
Page Financial offers loans between the range of N100,000 to N5,000,000 with a monthly interest rate of 3.7% and an annual rate of 120%.
Loan tenure on Page Financial is between 60 to 180 days while repayment could either be manual or auto-debt.
Soko Loan is another easy-to-use application for short-term loans. The company maintains an algorithm whereby the sooner you pay off your borrowed funds, the higher your loan limitations will be.
Soko Loan is ideal for students, small businesses and low-income earners.
Interest rates on Sokoloan range from 4.5% to 35%.
Alat by Wema is powered by Wema Bank and can give you a loan of up to N2 million.
Although there are a number of limitations because it is managed by a full fledged commercial bank. Nonetheless, it is easy and fast.
Alat by Wema also has amazing features such as fixed interest rates where you can earn up to 4% interest on your fixed deposit.
Interest rates on loans are between 2% monthly and 13% per annum.
Newcredit is another instant loan app that operates in Nigeria. It has crossed 1 million downloads on Google Play Store with a 4.4-star rating.
While loans on Newcredit are collateral free, you can borrow between N10,000 up to N300,000 within minutes.
The application uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyze prospective customers’ financial records before it approves a loan. Interest rates range between 24% to 56% per annum.
Umba is another loan app with multiple functions. It has more than 1 million downloads on Google Play Store with a rating of 3.8 stars.
New users can borrow between N2,000 to N30,000 on a maximum tenure of 62 days.
Interest rates on Umba are between 1% to 15% on a monthly basis.
Palmpay loan is another loan app that has crossed 5 million downloads on Google Play Store.
It has a review rating of 4.5 stars. You can also transfer money and pay bills such as electricity, TV and betting on Palmpay.
While you can borrow up to N200,000, the interest rate on Palmpay ranges between 22% and 31%.
Fair credit is also one of the highest-rated loan apps in Nigeria. It has a rating of 4.8 stars with over 500,000 downloads on the Google Play Store.
On Fair Credit, you can borrow between N1,000 to N1 million while the repayment period is from 95 days to 18 months.
Interest rates range from 26% to 32% per annum. Fair credit also has an interest discount of up to 90% for early repayment.
Ease Cash is another easy and quick loan app without the need for collateral or any paperwork.
It has crossed 500,000 downloads on Google Play Store and has a rating of 4.4 stars.
Ease Cash loan ranges between a minimum of N1000 to a maximum of N100,000 while it has a monthly interest rate from 5% to 10%.
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