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Latest Update on Npower Loan in Nigeria

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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Former President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, initiated N-Power on June 8, 2016, as a scheme aimed at tackling youth unemployment and fostering social development.

It is part of the National Social Investment Program and is designed to offer extensive opportunities for acquiring and developing work skills. The program’s goal is to equip participants with the essential skills needed to secure employment or establish their own ventures.

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Latest Update on Npower Loan

According to the latest update from Npower News, it’s important for Npower beneficiaries to be aware that the program and payments have not yet resumed. This delay is due to ongoing investigations into Betta Edu’s alleged involvement in misappropriation of public funds. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is actively pursuing this investigation.

Additionally, regarding the FG grant (federal government grant), Npower beneficiaries should understand that this grant is not exclusively for them but also extends to individuals involved in businesses.

The first phase of disbursing the FG grant to 100,000 businesses concluded on April 18, 2024. Despite expectations of a large-scale disbursement yesterday, as mentioned by Minister Doris Uzoka-Anite of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, the ministry is awaiting the next batch of qualified beneficiaries from local governments. Once this list is received, the next phase of FG grant disbursement will commence in batches.

It’s crucial for eligible applicants to have completed the nin verification process and own a business with an annual turnover of less than ₦3,000,000 to qualify for the FG grant. As of now, the FG grant has closed for applications, and beneficiaries are advised to remain patient as the disbursement will proceed in stages.

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Loan Application Eligibility and Requirements

According to the latest updates from Npower News regarding the federal government loan, the application process is still open for Npower beneficiaries and individuals with registered businesses.

Here are the eligibility criteria for the Federal Government Loan as outlined by Npower News:

  1. Loan amount: Up to ₦1,000,000.
  2. Existing business requirement: Applicants must have a business in operation for at least one year.
  3. Start-up registration: Start-ups must be registered as businesses.
  4. CAC registration: Applicants must provide CAC business registration documents.
  5. Bank statements: Applicants must provide the company’s bank statements for one year (for existing businesses) or the chief promoter’s bank statements for one year (for startups).
  6. Financial requirements: Applicants must meet the required monthly turnover and other criteria specified by the bank.
  7. Personal guarantee: Applicants must provide a personal guarantee from the promoter.
  8. BVN Covenant acceptance: Applicants must accept BVN Covenant (Global Standing Instruction- GSI) and fulfill other bank requirements.
  9. Repayment terms: monthly equal installments without a moratorium over a period of 3 years.
  10. Manufacturing loans: Manufacturers can access up to ₦1,000,000,000 for working capital or asset financing.
  11. Banking relationship: Applicants must have at least a six-month business/corporate banking relationship.
  12. Additional documentation: Applicants must provide CAC business registration documents and 12 months’ bank statements from other banks.
  13. Bank requirements: Applicants may need to submit other documentation as required by the bank.

Due to the current suspension of the Npower loan scheme, detailed information on repayment terms and conditions cannot be provided until the controversy surrounding Betta Edu is resolved.

The scheme’s future reintroduction by the federal government remains uncertain, pending further developments. As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor updates and provide relevant information accordingly.

FAQs about Npower Loan and Federal Government Grants

What is N-Power?


Former President Muhammadu Buhari initiated N-Power to address youth unemployment and promote social development.

What is the status of the Npower Loan Scheme?


The Npower Loan Scheme is currently suspended pending resolution of the controversy surrounding Betta Edu.

Can Npower beneficiaries and individuals with registered businesses apply for the Federal Government Loan?


Yes, Npower beneficiaries and individuals with registered businesses are eligible to apply for the Federal Government Loan.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Federal Government Loan?
  • Loan amount: Up to ₦1,000,000.
  • Business requirement: Business must be operational for at least one year (for existing businesses) or registered as a start-up.
  • Documentation: Applicants must provide CAC business registration documents, bank statements, personal guarantees, and meet financial criteria set by the bank.
  • Relationship with the bank: Applicants must have a six-month business/corporate banking relationship.
  • Additional requirements: Other documentation as requested by the bank may be required.
What is the repayment structure for the Federal Government Loan?


Repayment terms include monthly equal installments over a period of 3 years, without a moratorium.

Is the Federal Government Loan available for manufacturers?


Yes, manufacturers can access loans up to ₦1,000,000,000 for working capital or asset financing.

What is the status of the FG grant?


The Federal Government has disbursed the grant to 100,000 businesses, and the next phase awaits the submission of qualified beneficiaries’ lists from local governments.

How can one qualify for the FG grant?


To qualify, applicants must have passed the nin verification process, own a business with an annual turnover of less than ₦3,000,000, and meet other criteria specified by the program.

Will there be further updates on the Npower Loan and FG grant?


Updates will be provided as the situation evolves, pending the resolution of the Betta Edu controversy and any decisions made by the Federal government regarding program reintroduction.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the Npower program and Federal Government initiatives such as the loan scheme and grant hold significant promise for addressing youth unemployment and supporting business growth in Nigeria.

However, the current suspension of the Npower loan scheme underscores the importance of resolving controversies and ensuring transparent governance in such programs.

We encourage individuals and businesses to stay informed and prepared to leverage these opportunities for their growth and development as we await further developments and potential reintroduction of these beneficial initiatives.

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