Beginning from this week, the Federal Government will start paying grants to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises that are successful to partake in the N75bn COVID-19 support schemes. On September 10, 2020, the Federal Government inaugurated two schemes to financially support about 1.7 million MSMEs across the country with N75bn. The schemes are the National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan.
The Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Office of the Vice President, who doubles as Project Coordinator, Survival Funds Scheme, Tola Adekunle, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that payments to some beneficiaries of schemes would start this week.
He said, “Presently we are doing it in batches of 12 states to be able to monitor the scheme and as we speak now 12 states are ready. We are hoping that by the end of this week, we will be able to pay 12 states. “We are starting with the artisans and it is 4,500 persons per state, plus 4,500 for transporters, bringing it to about 9,000 for each state. Right now, we have about 54,000 from 12 states.” Asked when those on the payroll support scheme would start getting their payments, Adekunle replied, “By the end of this month.
“We want to ensure that the staff start getting their salaries and same for the second and third month.” He explained that payroll support, which was categorised under the survival fund, targets businesses that employ between 10 and 50 people.
Adekunle said, “We now pay 10 of those people from among the 50 employees and we pay them between N30,000 and N50,000. “But the minimum we pay is three staffs for three months to support their businesses and to ensure that we are helping businesses to augment their salaries.”