Best MSMEs award winners to bag cars, cash prizes

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L-R Special Adviser to the Vice President on MSMEs, Mr Tola Johnson, Director, Enterprises Development Promotion, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, Mr Monday Ewans; representative of Bank of Industry, Abimbola Soyode and Project Coordinator Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinic, Mr Terlumun Ikya, during a news conference on 2ndNational MSME Awards in Abuja

The Federal Government has announced more prizes for winners at the 2nd National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Awards ceremony slated for August 1, 2019.

A statement by Mr Tola Johnson, representative of the Office of the Vice President on the MSMEs Committee, indicated that three of the finalists would receive cars and cash awards, unlike in the past when only the grand winner received a car.

The statement which was made in Abuja clarified that the initial plan was to reward only the grand winner with a car.

“The improvement in the prizes was to, among other things, encourage growth in the MSMEs sector in the country; the grand prize winner – the MSME of the Year – will receive a car, cash and other prizes.

“The Outstanding MSMEs in the male and female categories will be given one salon car each, in addition to other prizes,” Johnson said.

He said that not less 25 state governors, captains of industries and other dignitaries have confirmed their attendance of the event.

“Top artistes, including Tuface Idibia and Ali Baba, will also be on ground to entertain guests at what is certain to be the biggest MSMEs event for the year.

“The finalists for the award ceremony will be unveiled next week,” he added.

The National MSMEs Award is an offshoot of the MSMEs Clinic, which has been held in at least 23 states and the Federal Capital.

The reports state that the MSMEs Clinic is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President which brings together key government agencies to examine and tackle factors hindering MSMEs growth and productivity in the country.

The awards will be in 12 categories namely: MSME of the Year; Young MSME of the Year, Most Friendly MSME State, Creative Arts, as well as Agriculture and Manufacturing.

Others are Excellence in Technology Innovation, Fashion and Style, Leather Works, Furniture and Wood Works, Beauty, Wellness and Cosmetics, as well as Non-Profit Service to Humanity.

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