Capital Infusion: Bank of Industry’s N200 Billion Initiative to Revitalize Manufacturing and SMEs

In February 2024, the Bank of Industry (BOI) announced an unprecedented allocation of Two Hundred Billion Naira aimed at growing the manufacturing sector and SMEs throughout Nigeria. Supported by the Federal Government and orchestrated through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment (FMITI), this financial boost is distributed across three key programs: the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme, the FGN MSME Intervention Fund, and the FGN Manufacturing Sector Fund.

Breaking Down the Funding Programs

  • Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme (PCGS): With a N50 Billion allocation, the PCGS targets supporting at least one million nano business owners from diverse sectors. Starting March 9, 2024, eligible small business owners can access a non-repayable grant of N50,000 each, provided they register their business and plan for employment expansion.
  • FGN MSME Intervention Fund: Targeting the broader Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) spectrum with N75 Billion, this fund offers loans up to N1 Million at a 9% annual interest rate, with a repayment period extending to three years, specifically designed to support equipment purchases and working capital needs.
  • FGN Manufacturing Sector Fund: Also earmarked with N75 Billion, this fund assists eligible manufacturers, offering loans up to N1 Billion at a similar 9% interest rate, with tailored loan tenures up to five years for term loans and one year for working capital loans.

Insights and Implications for Businesses

  • Growth Opportunities: This financial windfall presents an incredible opportunity for businesses to bolster operations, enhance productivity, and consider expansion ventures. Strategic investments in technology and infrastructure can foster market competitiveness and growth.
  • Understanding Loan Conditions: While the PCGS grants do not require repayment, the loan components of the FGN MSME and Manufacturing Sector Funds come with a nominal 9% interest rate. It is important for businesses to fully grasp these terms to ensure they align with their financial planning and repayment capacities.
  • Navigating Regulatory Waters: Recipients of the PCGS grants are obligated to register their business formally and plan for job creation. Adherence to regulatory requirements, including annual tax filings and compliance with financial reporting standards, is essential for entities benefiting from these governmental initiatives.
  • Strategizing with Caution: The Bank of Industry’s fund disbursement is a beacon of hope for many Nigerian businesses. Yet, understanding the legal and financial nuances is key to leveraging this opportunity effectively.

Forge Ahead with Expertise

For businesses looking to navigate these waters, expert guidance is essential. SimmonsCooper Partners is ready to guide you through the maze of legal requirements, ensuring your business capitalizes on these opportunities while staying compliant and risk aware.

For comprehensive advice on leveraging these opportunities or setting up your business, reach out to us. Visit our website at or send an email to to schedule a consultation.

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