The Bank of Industry (BoI), in partnership with the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), on Thursday unveiled an 80-tonne vessel, the MV Bello, jointly financed on behalf of C&I Leasing Ltd.
The BOI Managing Director, Mr Kayode Pitan indicated in Lagos that the collaboration and joint financing was a confirmation of their supports for deepening the country’s local content policy.
“The vessel is the first vessel supported by BoI”, Pitan, who was represented by Mr Joseph Babatunde, the General Manager, Large Enterprises, BoI, said noting that the financing would also boost employment generation as well as grow the country’s economy.
“For us at BoI, we like ventures that will create employment and add value to the economy of the country.
“We will do more to support many industries that need long term financing.
“The loan will be paid over a period of six to nine years with reasonable moratorium period that allows the company to stabilise and take the benefits to expand its operations,” he said.
Pitan said that financing of the vessel had created 220 jobs and would gradually attract all other services rendered in the value chain.
“Today, BoI is also signing an MoU of 200 million dollars local content development fund in Abuja for the oil and gas sector; I see a bright future for the industry,” he said.
Also, Mr Adam Nunu, the Managing Director of FCMB, said that the bank would continue to provide solutions and financial support to different sectors of the economy.
“We have demonstrated how local players can help to support the larger marine industry which is hugely dominated by foreign companies,” Nunu said.
He said that FCMB would continue to invest in various specialised industries to boost economic growth.
Otike-Odibi said that the financing revealed Federal Government’s commitment to boosting its local content policy in the oil and gas sector.
He said that the acquisition of the vessel would reduce foreign exchange demand, increase human capacity development and the number of vessels in the company’s fleet.