MSME Survival Fund: Twitter Protest sends a message to PDO

Angry Nigerians have taken to the Twitter channel to protest the delayed payment of the MSME Survival Fund grant to thousands of applicants who presumably have exhausted their patience on the daunting silence on the Scheme.

The online protest which began earlier today had prominent Nigerian personalities and Agencies such as the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and more on the tag stating that "for months now @SurvivalFund_ng have refused to pay all verified applicants! # Ihavenotgottensurvivalfund."

*For months now @SurvivalFund_ng have refused to pay all verified applicants! @SurvivalFund_ng # Ihavenotgottensurvivalfund"

In a styled reaction to the protest, the Project Delivery Office of the N75 Billion MSME Survival Fund Scheme has, this evening, in an update stated that 319,755 MSME Employees have been paid under the Payrol Supports Track out of the proposed 500,000 MSME Employees to recieve a 3 month N30,000 - N50,000 Salary Supports under the Track.

The PDO added that 265,425 Nigerians have been paid the N30,000 Artisan/Transport Grant out of the proposed 333,000 Nigerians to benefit under the track.

The PDO had in an Easter message to Nigerians encouraged the numerous applicants to exercise some patience as they prepare their payments adding that all verified applicants would be paid in a no stated date or time frame which may have triggered the online protest.

The MSME Survival Funds Scheme initiated by the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration is one of the several Schemes the Government has employed to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the National Economic Sustainability Plan  (NESP).

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