- The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, approved the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund is dedicated to investing in the innovative ideas, skills, talents, and enterprise of the Nigerian Youth and aimed at turning them into Entrepreneurs, wealth creators, and employers of labor contributing to national development.
A minimum of N25 billion each year in the next 3 years, totaling N75Billion will be required to ring-fence the NYIF. For the remaining part of 2020, an initial sum of N12.5 billion will be needed to kick start the NYIF. Successive governments will keep the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund alive.
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) ringfenced funding that will strictly cater to the investment needs of persons between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) joins the slew of youth-focused programs already in place by the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government as part of a National Plan to combat youth unemployment and drive innovation, fuel entrepreneurship as well as support youth SMEs.
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) provides a single-window of Investment Fund for the youth thereby creating a common bucket for all Nigerian youth to access Government support. Providing less cumbersome access to credit and finance for the average Nigerian youth with an approved work plan or business idea will help lift thousands of the youth out of poverty and birth a whole generation of entrepreneurs.
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) aims to reach 500,000 youth annually between 2020 and 2023. Each fund approval will range from N250, 000 to N50, 000,000, with a spread across group applications, individual applications, working capital loans set at 1 year and term loans set at 3 years with a single-digit interest rate of 5%.
Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) Disbursement will be through various channels, which will include Micro Credit Organizations across the country under the Central Bank of Nigeria supported by BOI, Fintech Organizations, and Venture Capital Organizations, registered with the CBN.
The Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning (MFBNP) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will provide the financing to kick-start the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF).
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development handles the processes for setting up the fund by inaugurating a Board of Trustees Committee under the leadership of the Minister for Youth and Sports Development and possibly work on the legislation of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF).
Youth seeking to benefit from the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) must have a fundable business idea, registered business, be a citizen of Nigeria, present recognized means of identification and guarantors.