By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has described as false reports in the social media circles that loan seekers and owners of small-scale businesses who apply for loans provided to cushion the effects of COVID-19 are required to pay a certain amount as application processing fee.
A statement by the Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in Abuja on Monday said “there are clearly spelt out procedures for accessing the N50 billion Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) stimulus package to support households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are disbursed through the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB).
Prospective applicants are advised to approach NIRSAL Microfinance Bank or the CBN branch nearest to them for clarification on the procedure for accessing any of the CBN-related loans.
“Members of the public, particularly households and owners of small-scale businesses, are therefore advised to disregard any message requiring them to pay any amount to process their applications.
“Any observed irregularities should be reported to the Consumer Protection Department of the CBN via email@example.com or call 07002255226“, the statement added.