MSME: ABIA ENTREPRENEURS WIN FG MERIT AWARD, CASH PRIZES
Two entrepreneurs from Abia State, Mr. Clement Orjinta and Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem has been honoured with Fashion and Style and Leather Works Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, MSME National Merit award by the Federal Government.
The event, MSME National Merit Award, which took place at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and streamlined live across the nation via zoom, saw other SMES States of Lagos, Bauchi, Niger, Kaduna, Benue and Kebbi winning in various categories.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, in a speech at the event, said the Federal Government will continue to create an enabling environment for SMES development to thrive in Nigeria owing to its potentials and positive impact on the nation’s economy.
Prof Osibanjo who noted that Government do not take for granted the impact of the awards on the recipients, congratulated them for their steadfastness and success in the various categories of the awards despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on SMES development.
Earlier, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu said his administration, leveraging on its five policy thrust recognized the need to promote the ingenuity of Abia artisans as well as identify and encourage entrepreneurs by providing every necessary incentives and support.
Dr lkpeazu who spoke through the Commissioner for SME Development, Mr Onyema Wachukwu said Government has equally taken steps in sustaining the title of Abia as an SME State by painstakingly championing the made in Aba and Nigeria products.
The Governor, who used the forum to congratulate the award recipients from Abia, (Clement C Orjinta and Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem) for achieving the feat, promised to continue to support them to excel in their various endeavours while enjoining other youths to emulate them by identifying and developing their inert talents.
Responding, Mr Clement Orjinta who won the Fashion and Style National Merit Award with a cash donation of One Million Naira and Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem who bagged the Leather Works MSME National Merit Award plus One Million Naira cash, expressed gratitude to the organizers of the year 2020 award ceremony and thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for providing the platform that enabled him obtain the grace to win.