The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has called on financial institutions in the country to give loans to Small and Medium Enterprises especially the Financial Technology (FinTech) start-ups.
NITDA’s Director General Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who disclosed this in a webinar organised by FinTech said increasing lending to the start-ups would promote financial inclusiveness in the country.
He stated that traditional banks’ lending process has long been a barrier to assessing finance for SMEs in Nigeria, a development that was impacting negatively on their operations.
He urged the banks to come up with innovative ideas to assist vulnerable SMEs in the era of COVID-19 that is plaguing the world.
He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted SMEs around the world, Nigeria inclusive. Traditional bank lending process has long been a barrier to accessing finance for SMEs in Nigeria.”
He, however, claimed that government was providing different types of interventions and palliatives.