The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the National Collateral Registry, which it recently developed with the support of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to allow low-income earners and small-scale entrepreneurs secure loans against movable assets, will not only increase local production but also help in reducing unemployment.
Speaking at the Kaduna Interactive Forum on the National Collateral Registry and Credit Reporting System, Registrar of the National Collateral Registry (NCR), Mr Mainasara Muhammad, said the collateral registry would help bridge the MSME finance gap that has been estimated to about 62 billion dollars.
In his words: “There are about 37 million micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs), many of whom are struggling to gain access to the capital they need to grow because of they lack collateral such as land and buildings that banks usually request for. This collateral gap between the bank and MSMEs has led to a finance gap of about 62 billion dollars.
“Knowing that these MSMEs contribute significantly to economic growth and job creation in Nigeria, as such, the National Collateral Registry will help bridge the MSMEs finance gap by facilitating easier access to funding which will ultimately boost production and lead to creation of employment”.
Eme Essien Lore, IFC Country Manager for Nigeria, said “the online registry coupled with the credit reporting system has been implemented in other countries like Ghana and Liberia with success recorded”.
According to Eme, “Nigeria is the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and a focus country for the Universal Financial Access by 2020 initiative. This is why we are supporting the Central Bank of Nigeria and other stakeholders in initiating the collateral registry as well as strengthening the Credit Reporting System.
“It has previously been implemented in other countries with amazing outcomes. For instance in Ghana, the collateral registry has facilitated $1.3 billion in financing for the small-scale business sector since it was established in 2010, and $12 billion in total financing for the business sector using movable assets as collateral. We are very excited that a registry is now also in place in Nigeria.”