Friday, 6 October 2017

Massive Sack Looms as FG Set To Shutdown NERFUND Over N17.5bn Bad Loans

National Economic Reconstruction Fund - By the end of October, the President Muhamamdu Buhari-led federal government will reportedly shutdown the National Economic Reconstruction Fund, a news report has revealed.Massive Sack Looms as FG Set To Shutdown NERFUND Over N17.5bn Bad 
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The Federal Government is has begun plans to shutdown the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND) over non-performance and non performing loans of over N17.5 billion.

A source at the Federal Ministry of Finance, told a journalist on Thursday in Abuja that a committee had already been formed to ensure smooth liquidation of the company by the end of October.

The source said that the committee was expected to come up with recommendations concerning the welfare of the NERFUND workers and also what to do with the office equipments.

The committee was also expected to recommend an agency that would handle the numerous pending court cases initiated by NERFUND to recover billion of naira in bad loans.

According to the news source, about 1, 143 projects in the Small and Medium Enterprises sector were financed with the NERFUND loans between 2010 and 2013.

The source said that NERFUND currently had problems recovering the loans, adding that out of N17.5bn, the sum of N14.2bn representing 80 per cent was borrowed by a few people.

He said the ratio of non-performing loans was high because many of the loans were not collateralised.

Meanwhile a staff of the NERFUND who preferred anonymity told NAN that all workers of the oraganisation have been officially informed about the wind up.

“We have been given the choice to either resign or be sacked. The managing director told us the management is working with the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of finance.

“They  have promised that at the end of the day, we will not be jobless. They will place us somewhere else, so we are expectant,” the person said.

NERFUND was established by Decree No. 2 of 1989 to act as a catalyst towards the stimulation of the rapid rise of real production enterprises in the country with a seed capital of N300 million.

In 2002, the Federal Government merged Nigeria Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) and Nigeria Bank of Commerce and Industry (NBCI) to form Bank of Industry (BOI).

The Federal Government excluded NERFUND from the fusion of all development finance institutions (DFIs).

However, the agency’s capital had grown into billions of naira, but due to poor management the organisation had been in comatose since late 2013 loosing its capacity to carry out its mandate.

In June 2016 the staff of NERFUND took to the streets to protest the mismanagement of the agency funds.

The Federal government through the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun intervened by first shutting down the agency following failure to reconcile the differences between the executive management and the entire staff  so as to forestall a further breakdown of law and order.

Two weeks after the shutdown Adeosun officially instructed staff to return to work and appointed the Dr Ezekiel Oseni in August of the same year to act as Managing Director.

Just one year into his appointment the Federal Government had finally approved the winding up of the agency.

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