Within 48 hours a total of 174 , 574 persons successfully registered for the N75 bn National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off – take Stimulus schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan , the Federal Government announced on Thursday .
Registration for the MSME Survival Funds commenced at 11 pm on Monday .
The schemes were introduced by the Federal Government to support individuals and businesses negatively affected by the COVID – 19 pandemic .
Minister of State for Industry , Trade and Investment , Mariam Katagum , told journalists in Abuja that “ as at 8 . 30 am this (Thursday ) morning, total successful registrations stood at 174 , 574 . ”
She added , “ 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 stated 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 said Kano, Kaduna and Lagos emerged the lead states .