As part of the Federal Government’s commitment to support the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME, 36 finalists were selected for the maiden edition of the National MSME awards which held in Abuja on Thursday, August 2.
The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who chaired the event which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja encouraged the award winners to see this as an avenue to do more and also urged MSMEs across Nigeria to continue to be creative in their business.
The selection process started on July 3, 2018, and the 36 finalists comprised three MSMEs in each of the 12 award categories designed for the programme.
The 12 categories are: MSME of the Year, Young MSME of the Year, Most Friendly MSME State, Excellence in Creative Arts, Excellence in Agriculture, Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in Technology Innovation and Excellence in Fashion and Style.
Others include Excellence in Leather Works, Excellence in Furniture and Wood Works, Excellence in Beauty, Wellness and Cosmetics as well as Excellence for Non-Profit Service to Humanity.
The criteria for selection include, outstanding business concept, locally produced goods, use of local technology, provision of conducive atmosphere for MSMEs to thrive, among others.
The event was well attended by top government officials, business owners and stakeholders.