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FG to integrate credit score into NIN

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By Abraham Adekunle

Boosting access to credit facilities and economic growth as scheme targets 80m.

The Federal Government’s consumer Credit Scheme aims to integrate credit scores into the National Identification Number (NIN), targeting 80 million economically active Nigerians. This move will document credit behaviour, ensuring accountability and responsible lending practices. The Nigerian Consumer Credit Corporation (CREDICORP) CEO, Uzoma Nwagba, emphasized the scheme’s goal of strengthening the Infrastructure and establishing trust among lenders. With the NIN, every creditor will be properly identified, and scores will be accurately reflected, reducing the risk of lending.

Nigeria requires approximately ₦180 trillion in consumer credits annually, but banks have been hesitant to lend due to the risk of losing their money. The government cannot fund this alone, but with the CREDICORP’s partnership with institutions, consumer credits will become more accessible, and the Economy will benefit from increased lending and spending. This integration will have a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy. It will increase access to credit facilities, boost consumer spending, and promote Economic Growth. With accurate scores, lenders will be more confident in lending, and borrowers will be more responsible in their borrowing habits.

Benefits of starting the program in the country.

Civil Service members will kick-start the program before being extended to the general public. It will empower individuals to elevate their standard of living by acquiring goods and services upfront and managing payments over time. This move has the potential to boost economic growth and promote financial inclusion in Nigeria. Also, the integration will enable credit bureaus and registries to access accurate data, reducing the risk of lending and increasing access to credit facilities. The CREDICORP will work with microfinance, fintechs, and cooperatives to advance consumer credits and provide credit guarantees for specific industries and targets.

It will also help to reduce the prevalence of bad loans in Nigeria. With accurate credit scores, lenders can assess the creditworthiness of borrowers and make informed lending decisions. This will reduce the risk of default and promote responsible lending practices. It will as well promote financial inclusion in Nigeria. With access to credit facilities, individuals and small businesses can invest in income-generating activities, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. This will reduce Poverty and inequality, promoting Economic Stability and prosperity.

Registries and bureaus will aid the operation.

CREDICORP will also work with credit registries and bureaus to ensure that credit scores are accurate and up-to-date. This will enable lenders to make informed lending decisions and reduce the risk of lending. The credit scores will be based on a range of factors, including credit history, income, and employment status. The scheme will also provide credit Education and financial Literacy programs to empower individuals and small businesses to make informed financial decisions. This will promote responsible borrowing and lending practices, reducing the risk of default and promoting economic stability.

With the Credit Score integration, Nigeria is positioned to become a leader in credit reporting and financial inclusion in Africa. The scheme will also attract foreign investment, promote economic development, and reduce poverty and inequality. In the long term, the scheme will promote economic stability and prosperity in Nigeria. With access to credit facilities, individuals and small businesses can invest in income-generating activities, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. This will reduce poverty and inequality, promoting economic stability and prosperity.

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Finally, the scheme will promote financial inclusion in Nigeria. With access to credit facilities, individuals and small businesses can invest in income-generating activities, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. This will reduce poverty and inequality, promoting economic stability and prosperity. Over all, the Federal Government initiative is a key step towards improving access to credit facilities in Nigeria. By integrating credit scores into the NIN, the scheme will strengthen the credit infrastructure, establish trust among lenders, and empower individuals to elevate their standard of living. This move has the potential to boost economic growth, promote financial inclusion, and reduce poverty and inequality in Nigeria.


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