The platform for the 4th National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Award will open on May 10, according to the presidency.
On Friday in Abuja, Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to the President on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Office of the Vice President, announced this.
Johnson, who is also the Project Delivery Office (PDO) Coordinator, briefed reporters on the fourth National MSMEs Award, which will be held on June 27.
From May 10, he said, MSMEs participating in the 2021 Awards should visit the new platform on www.msmeclinics.gov.ng.
President Muhammadu Buhari moved to encourage and reward MSMEs around the country through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, resulting in the establishment of National MSME Clinics in 2017.
The MSMEs One-Stop Shop, the Shared Facility Initiative, and the MSMEs Awards, which were founded in 2018, are some of the clinics’ offshoots.
A few things will be handled differently in the upcoming awards, according to Johnson.
He said, “One of the very important things to quickly say is that this year, the award’s site or portal has moved to www.msmeclinics.gov.ng.”
“In the past, we used to have msmeclinics.gov.com but now moved to a safer site; so, we will be expecting a lot more people on this site.”
“This year, also, the portal will be opened from May 10, and it will open for three weeks to run all through to May 31.”
“The categories are the same, but there is a certain category that was reviewed based on input or suggestion from one of our partners National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).”
“The category in question has been changed to Tech and Innovation Driven Enterprise; it used to be just Innovation Category.’’
He listed other categories as agriculture, beauty, wellness and cosmetics, creative arts, fashion and style, furniture and woodwork and manufacturing.
Johnson said there were other special categories as the “Best MSMEs Supporting State.”
He said the date for the fourth MSME Award coincided with the UN Day for MSME, adding that there would also be a fashion exhibition.
One other thing that is worthy of mention is that this year, we are going to have this week of the MSMEs award, which is on June 27.”
“We are doing it exactly the same day at the UN World MSME Day.”
“So, this will be Nigeria’s answer to marking that day; to give MSMEs who are thriving in that space some sort of rewards and recognition.”
“More so, we are going to have a fashion and art exhibition on June 25; it is a first of its kind; we are expecting a lot of Nigerian brands from across the country; it is strictly made in Nigeria exhibition, ‘’ he said.