The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed that Nigerian women have received credits from its interventions worth N203.31 billion as at January, 2022.
Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele made this disclosure while addressing participants at a webinar hosted by the Deputy Governor in charge of the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate, Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, as part of activities to commemorate the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) at the CBN.
Emefiele revealed that females had benefitted hugely from the bank’s intervention programmes such as the Agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) and the COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility (TCF).
Specifically, he said that out of N134.67 billion disbursed to 37,273 AGSMEIS beneficiaries, as of January 2022, 33 percent (N44.1 billion) went to 12,511 female beneficiaries, while out of N349.51 billion disbursed to 712,442 total beneficiaries under the TCF, 45 percent (N159.21 billion) went to 330,128 female beneficiaries.
He stated that the MSME Development Fund (MSMEDF) was designed to allocate at least 60 per cent of the fund to women and women-owned enterprises of which 60.3 per cent of the of 229,579 beneficiaries are women.
In addition, out of the 211,306 financial statements currently registered in the collateral registry, 92,091, representing 43.6 percent, were female borrowers.
He lamented that women had been disproportionately affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, noting that the CBN “was using the 2022 IWD as an opportunity to celebrate women who are in the frontline of these twin crisis”.