CBN disburses N10.5bn COVID-19 healthcare funds

The Central Bank of Nigeria has disbursed N10.5bn out of the N100bn credit intervention for the healthcare industry, which it recently introduced as part of the measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this in Abuja at the end of the MPC 273th meeting held virtually.

He said, “The committee recognised that under the N100bn healthcare sector intervention fund, the bank has approved and disbursed N10.15bn for some projects for the establishment of advanced diagnostic and health centres and the expansion of some pharmaceutical plants for essential drugs and intravenous fluids.”

The apex bank had stipulated the requirements to access the funds.

To access the loans, a corporate entity must submit its application to a participating financial institution which could be either a Deposit Money Bank or a Development Finance Institution of its choice with a bankable business plan, CBN stated in its guidelines.

It stated in its latest guidelines that the PFI must appraise and conduct due diligence on the application; and upon approval by the PFI’s credit committee, the application would be submitted to the apex bank with relevant documents attached.

The CBN would process and disburse funds to the PFI for onward release to the project, it added.

It stated that the PFI must receive and review applications submitted by its customers; undertake due diligence based on normal business considerations; and bear the credit risk.

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