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A total of 174,574 persons successfully registered for the N75bn National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, within 48 hours the Federal Government announced on Thursday.

Registration for the MSME Survival Funds commenced at 11pm on Monday and in under 48 hours over one hundred thousand 

The Federal Government introduced these schemes to support individuals and businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, told newsmen in Abuja that “as at 8.30am this (Thursday) morning, total successful registrations stood at 174,574.”

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She noted that, “The following states have the highest applications as follows, Kano, 19,895; Kaduna, 13,575; Lagos, 13,640; Katsina: 8,383; Federal Capital Territory, 8,085.”

She continued that within the first 24 hours of opening the registration portal, approximately 138,000 individuals logged on, created profiles and completed the first stage of registration.

Katagum also said Kano, Kaduna and Lagos emerged the lead states.

According to her, all successful applicants for the survival fund received SMS and email verification with a list of requirements for the second stage of application which would commence on October 1, 2020.

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