Two Abia entrepreneurs , Mr Clement C Orjinta and Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem have been honoured with the Fashion and Style and Leather Works Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME National Merit Awards by the Federal Govt.
Speaking during the third MSME National Merit Award ceremony held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and streamlined life across the nation via zoom, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo says the Federal Govt will continue to create an enabling environment that will ensure SMES development thrive in Nigeria because of its potentials and positive impact on the nation's economy.
Prof Osibanjo while maintaining that Govt 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 it's impact on SMES development.
In his remarks, the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu said this present administration under his watch leveraging on it's five policy thrust recognized the need to promote the ingenuity of Abia artisans as well as identified and encouraged entrepreneurs by providing every necessary incentives and support.
Dr lkpeazu speaking through the Commissioner for SME Development, Mr Onyema Wachukwu said Govt has equally taken steps in sustaining the title of Abia as an SME State by painstakingly championing the made in Aba and Nigeria products and disclosed that they are proud that two Abians, Clement C Orjinta and Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem have benefitted from the MSME National Merit Award and appreciated t opportunity offered them.
The Governor used the forum to congratulate the two Abia ambassadors for achieving this wonderful feat, promising to continue to them excel in their various endeavours while enjoining other youths to emulate them by identifying and developing their inert talents.
In his response, Mr Clement C Orjinta who won the Fashion and Style National Merit Award with a cash donation of one million naira expressed gratitude to organizers of this year's award thanked the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for providing the platform that enabled him obtain the Grace to win.
Similarly Miss Prosper Chidinma Erem who bagged the Leather Works MSME National Merit Award plus five hundred thousand naira cash thanked the Federal Govt and organizers of the event for finding her fit for the award as well as the Governor for the opportunity granted her, promising to always make the State proud.
Our Government House Correspondent Mercy Kalu reports that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of SME Development, Mr Nkwachukwu Agomuo, top Govt officials witnessed the event which also feature other SMES States of Lagos, Bauchi, Niger, Kaduna, Benue and Kebbi winning in various categories.
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