The Presidency on Sunday said the next batch of the Survival Fund beneficiaries under the Economic Sustainability Plan’s (ESP) would receive their payment this week.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande disclosed this in a statement.

The Survival Fund programme gives the one-off general payroll support of N50,000 grant to some Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) employees, who have made the beneficiary list.

The payment this week is expected to increase the number of beneficiaries under the Payroll Support track, which has so far benefitted a total of 319,755 Nigerians while 265,425 Nigerians are beneficiaries under the Artisan and Transport Support track.
Of the 265,425 beneficiaries, there are 118,581 beneficiaries under Artisan support track and 146,844 beneficiaries under the Transport track.

Of the 265,425 beneficiaries, there are 118,581 beneficiaries under Artisan support track and 146,844 beneficiaries under the Transport track.

The payroll support track aims to support 500,000 beneficiaries with payment of up to N50,000 per employee for a period of three months.

The MSME Survival Fund, a component under the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan, NESP, is designed to support vulnerable Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in meeting their payroll obligations and safeguard jobs in the MSMEs sector.

The scheme is estimated to save not less than 1.3 million jobs across the country and specifically impact on over 35,000 individuals per state.

Applications for the MSME Grants and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme opened on February 9 and closed on March 1, 2021.

The General MSME Grant is a one-off grant of N50,000 that will be given to each qualified MSME as direct cash injection into their enterprise. The total number of beneficiaries in this track is 100,000 spread across the States.

Under the Artisan Support scheme, a total of 333,000 Artisans and Transport business operators nationwide will get a one-time operations grant of N30,000 per beneficiary to reduce the effects of income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, 172,129 businesses have so far benefitted under the under the ESP Survival Fund
formalization support track, which is aimed at registering 250,000 new businesses for free with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The formalization support scheme had commenced on the 26th of October, 2020, with the registration by aggregators – CAC registration agents across the 36 states and the FCT.

The processing of
applications for the Guaranteed Offtake Stimulus Scheme is still ongoing and the commencement of this track will be announced on a later date.

The Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme is aimed at protecting and sustaining the incomes of vulnerable Micro and Small Enterprises by guaranteeing the offtake of their products.
A total of 100,000 Micro and Small Enterprises are to benefit from the scheme.

The Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 24, 2020 as a N2.3 trillion stimulus plan to mitigate the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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