We Will Help SMEs Fast Track Nigeria’s Economic Recovery – Access Bank MD

August 17, 2020
15 Views

Access Bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe has said that the Bank is committed to helping Nigerian businesses weather COVID-19 pandemic and set a course for recovery.

He made this known after the Bank secured loan support, worth up to $50 Million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

According to Wigwe, the funds will, “Help Access Bank Plc increase its liquidity to several Nigerian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) navigating the economic challenges of COVID-19.”

“In Nigeria, SMEs contribute over 45 per cent of national GDP, account for about 96 per cent of businesses and 84% of employment. Access Bank, therefore, recognizes the importance of SMEs to economic stability and is going the extra mile to ensure that such businesses are adequately financed to weather these testing times. IFC’s funding will not only enable us to extend financial relief to our clients across all sectors during the pandemic but beyond the COVID-19 crisis as well. Our partnership with IFC will help Nigerian businesses weather COVID-19 and set a course for recovery,” he concluded.

The funds from the loan, made through IFC’s global COVID-19 ‘Fast-track Financing Support Package’ will enable Access Bank to provide increased trade financing and working capital lending to their business clients experiencing disrupted cash flows, supporting business activity and preserving jobs.
Reiterating Wigwe’s comments, Eme Essien Lore, IFC Country Manager for Nigeria, said, “It is crucial to support smaller businesses to keep the wheels of Nigeria’s economy turning during today’s unprecedented economic challenge. IFC’s longstanding partnership with Access Bank means together we can move much-needed funding to businesses that need it most, helping them remain in business and retain their employees.”

IFC’s $8 billion global COVID-19 fast track facility, launched in March 2020 to support business activity and preserve jobs in the face of COVID-19, has so far invested almost $400 million through this facility in Africa.

Access Bank, Africa’s largest retail bank, serves more than 36 million customers across a network of 677 branches. IFC’s portfolio in Nigeria stands at $1.3 billion, with investments in sectors including manufacturing, technology, financial services, and others.

You may be interested

Sex toy shop assault: Buhari Minister reacts as court fines serving senator, Abbo N50m
News
News

Sex toy shop assault: Buhari Minister reacts as court fines serving senator, Abbo N50m

admin - September 28, 2020

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has commended the Nigerian judiciary for sentencing Senator Elisha Abbo representing Adamawa…

News

EPL: Premier League confirms 10 tests positive to COVID-19

admin - September 28, 2020

The Premier League, EPL, has announced that ten persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after the latest phase…

Nasarawa Councillors Set To Impeach LG Chairman
News
2 views
News
2 views

Nasarawa Councillors Set To Impeach LG Chairman

admin - September 28, 2020

By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia The Legislative arm of Obi Local Government Council of Nasarawa State has served impeachment notice on…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.