Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, during his visit to the Dangote refinery and fertiliser project site on Saturday, said Nigerian banks are willing to support entrepreneurs in the country.
He also revealed the chunk of the loans in the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) was being owed by Nigerians.
While adding “they need credible people that can come in and borrow money and pay”, CBN boss said the private jets belonging to loan defaulters would be seized.
He said :
“In any case, the central bank will not allow you to borrow money and not pay again. The era has gone. Now, when you take a loan, you will pay. If you don’t pay, we will take your money wherever you keep it.”
“If you are driving private jets, we will seize the private jets so that you can begin to ride on bicycles. Then we will know you are truly a liquidated person.”
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Emefiele commended the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, for his ongoing projects across the country.
He said the CBN would continue to support entrepreneurs willing to “come out and contemplate projects where people can be gainfully employed”.
He said :
“Today, there are 34,000 people working in this facility; in the next two months, it will double to almost 65,000 to 70,000 people in this complex.
“That is how a country creates prosperity, and that is why we are coming out boldly that we will support anybody”
“And we will put in place policies that will protect and make sure that for coming out to develop our economy, grow agriculture, manufacturing and industry, and the central bank rakes in dollars to fund our obligations, we will appreciate them and we will continue to do so.”
Last year, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria took over properties belonging to Jide Omokore, an ally of Diezani Alison-Madueke, over an unpaid N29bn debt.