Thursday, 11 February 2021

Covid-19 Relief Funds: A.E Foundation set machinery to assist C'Riverians acquire grants

Ukorebi Esien | 11th February 2021

As the Federal Government of Nigeria through its National Social Investment Program rolls out different opportunities to assist Nigerians go through the hardship the Covid-19 pandemic as brought on businesses across the nation, a Cross River based None Governmental Organisation has provided a platform to assist Cross Riverians go through the processes to qualify for the grants.

Recently, the federal government introduced the survival fund for MSME called the SURVIVAL FUND COVID-19 STIMULUS MSME GRANTS AND GUARANTEED OFFTAKE SCHEME.

The Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation (AEF) has bee at the forefront to ensure qualified Cross Riverians don't miss out of this opportunity to boost their businesses. 

As the scheme re-opones its portal accommodate more entries the Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation is calling on Cross Riverians to take advantage of the opportunity. To this end it has provided desk officers across the 18 Local Government Area of the state to assist Cross Riverians register for the scheme.

This was contained in a press statement released by the foundation. 

The statement reads thus: 

Public Announcement!!!

Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation (AEF) is calling on Cross Riverians with CAC registered business name who did not benefit from Payroll Support grant to take advantage of the Second phase Federal government SURVIVAL FUND COVID-19 STIMULUS MSME GRANTS AND GUARANTEED OFFTAKE SCHEME.

The qualification criteria for this Scheme are as follows:
1. Applicant must be a Nigerian National.

2. Applicant must be registered under Corporate Affairs Commission with at least a Business Name certificate

3. Applicant must have a verifiable BVN and Bank Account

4. Applicant must have at least 2 staff

5. Applicant must be ready to produce under NAFDAC and SON specifications.
The list of products captured in the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme track is Face Masks, Liquid Soap, Disinfectant, Hand Sanitizer, Beans, Garri, Acha, Alkama, Rice (Parboiled), Rice (Raw) and every kind of production with NAFDAC number.

The General MSME Grant and Guaranteed Offtake Scheme is a one-off grant of N50,000 and N150,000 that will be given to each qualified MSME as direct cash injection into their enterprise. 

In view of the above the Foundation has approved Desks Officers across the State to sensitize and help eligible Business Owners apply for the grant.
Desk Officers 

Ugor Joshua -08068438974

Owai Obo- 08067929640

Samuel Eymie- 07069409768

Calabar Municipality
Nancy Daniels- 07069758595

Calabar South
Jade Asu- 09050630364

Caleb Obaji- 08067342647

Kelvin Enyam- 07034349137

Comfort Bassey- 08176726064

Ayim Simon Umari- 08131222882

Andong Effiom- 08067851320

Ikem Julius -07034586179

Wonah Godwin- 08129991374

Christian Asim Odu-  08039731378

Theophilus Ikpi- 07067027931

Enya Don Charles -07067904506

Linus Enangha Ovat- 09062124705

Joe Idiku -09037632993

Oyo Effiom- 08039314268

The Desk Officers will assist interested applicants to process their applications for free.

For general information, complaints and advice contact Marcel Edet on 08159925169 and Charles Ekanem on 08057309916.

Mr Marcel Edet
For the Foundation.

In a related development, the Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation had recently in Calabar trained hundreds of young Cross Riverians on employability skills and strategies. The training which was aimed at equipping young school leavers of Cross River State origin with the basic tools and skills needed in the job market will also provide a leverage for job seekers as job opportunities will be scouted for and brought to their notice.