BoI to partner entrepreneurs on intervention initiatives
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has expressed its readiness to partner entrepreneurs in tailoring its funding initiatives to achieve greater economic impact.
The development bank urged its customers and would-be beneficiaries to come forward with inputs that would enable the bank to serve them optimally.
Speaking at the Eastern Customer Forum in Enugu State, the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of BoI, Waheed Olagunju, disclosed that the bank has sustained its product delivery efficiency through a number of notable improvements over the years.
Olagunju who was represented by Divisional Head, SME South, Mohammed Abdul-Ganiyu, noted that the interactive platform between the bank, its customers, development partners and the public was to promote understanding and quality service.
He stated that the bank has simplified the loan application and approval process by taking it online and eliminating time-wasting back and forth trips to various office locations across the country.
According to him, “By just clicking on a computer, loan applications can now be submitted and approved irrespective of where the person is, because we want to serve our customers better.”
He disclosed that the bank was also offering its customers and SME operators a simple technology based accounting package to help them resolve the challenge of proper record keeping and maintain an accurate profit and loss account.
“We also commissioned business development service providers to help our customers prepare loan applications in order to ensure a higher level of approvals.” He said “We also engaged audit experts to assist customers prepare audit records.”
The bank according to the Managing Director, appointed accredited estate valuers to help prospective customers carry out value proper assessment of properties.
On some of the various intervention schemes being implemented by the bank, the MD said BoI has remained committed to helping young entrepreneurs realise their dreams of building their own businesses and providing job opportunities.
According to him, under the Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund (GEF) the bank has trained 868 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and out of that number, 324 qualified to apply for the Fund’s N2billion from which each person can draw up to N2million from.
He also mentioned that the bank created the N10billion Youth Empowerment Scheme for youths between the ages of 18 – 35years with a minimum qualification of OND or its equivalent and that out of 71,000 entries 5,000 were accepted for an online entrepreneurial training course anchored by the reputable Pan Atlantic University.
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