Senate mulls Bank for Development of Solid Minerals

The Senate on Tuesday advanced the legislative process for establishment of Solid Minerals Development Bank of Nigeria by passing for second reading , a bill sponsored to that effect .

The Bank as stated by by Senator Yakubu Oseni ( APC Kogi Central ) , in his lead debate , is a development finance institution that seeks to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development and boost the Solid minerals sector as well as the quality of life of the people by providing financial and non-financial investments in the sector.

According to him , the envisioned Bank is a financial inclusion one whose major objective is for it to satisfy the funding needs of the solid minerals sector in this country.

 

He said : ” The principal mission of the bank is to increase financial inclusion by providing access to credit finance.

“The Bank will also support medium to long-term lending, with duration of up to 10 years and a moratorium of up to 18 months which will enable borrowers in the sectors to have a lengthy period to repay the loans from the Solid Minerals Development Bank unlike the deposit money or commercial banks”

He pointedly stated that the aims and objectives of the Bank shall be to:

(a) Provide loans to small, medium and large industrial enterprises, especially mining, quarrying, manufacturing and ancillary industrial support services;

(b) Provide short, medium and long term financing to participating financial institutions for on-loading to small scale, medium and industrial enterprises and projects especially in mining, quarrying and ancillary industrial support services; and where considered appropriate provide financing directly for the attainment of any of the stated aims and objectives of the Bank under this Act.

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(c) Facilitate the provision of loans with five to ten years maturity including a grace period of one to three years, depending on the nature of the enterprise or project and loanable funds available to the Bank.

(d) Provide working capital loans to eligible enterprise where the projects are unable to secure same from the banking system.

(e) Provide such loans either in Naira or in foreign currencies or both, depending on the sources of funds available to the banks for the
requirements of the eligible enterprise or project;

(f) Subject to the approval of the Minister, raise loans from the local and international capital market and from bi-lateral and multi-lateral sources from time to time as the market institution permits .

(g) Carry out any other activities as may be considered necessary for the
attainment of the above stated aims and objectives and such other activities as may be deemed appropriate to ensure the continued existence of the bank”

Virtually all the Senators who contributed to debate on the bill , supported it , leading to its passage for second reading and forwarded to the Committee on Solid Minerals for more legislative inputs within four weeks .

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