MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Government and the Bank of Industry, (BOI), are to raise N1billion through equal contribution to enhance small and medium entrepreneurs in seven Local Government Areas, (LGAs) of the State.
This was the outcome of a meeting between Governor Babagana Zulum and a delegation of the BOI led by the Bank’s Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr Shekarau Umar, on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
Both parties will contribute N500m after which the funds will be disbursed in form of loans to eligible entrepreneurs.
In the pilot scheme of the disbursement, business owners from Monday Market, Gamboru Market, Tashan Bama, Tashan Baga, Budum, firewood and vegetable sellers all in Maiduguri are penciled to benefit.
The second phase of the programme will focus on entrepreneurs in Biu, Ngala, Monguno, Dikwa, Bama and Gwoza.
Governor Zulum had on December 5, 2019 visited the Bank’s headquarters in Abuja, where he made a special case for citizens of Borno State given the challenges of insurgency which has made thousands of people lose their means of livelihoods.