The duration for the nomination of the 2018 Most Outstanding MSMEs in Nigeria has been extended to 20th July 2018 to give more opportunity for improved participation by the general public especially small businesses across the country; Terlumun Ikya, Project Coordinator, National MSMEs Clinics has announced. The selection committee comprised of distinguished Nigerians from different fields of endeavour, whose identity cannot be disclosed, for now, would commence the final phase of the selection process after the nationwide nominations end on July 20.
As earlier stated at the news conference, nominees, organisations and MSMEs are urged to send short videos about their preferred MSMEs (stating their unique selling propositions) to 07068979641, 09058648938, 09058648848, 08184371124 or visit www.nmsmeawards.com.ng. The Federal Government had reiterated its commitment to promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country through various initiatives, one of which is the MSMEs awards ceremony.
The award scheduled to hold on August 2, 2018, at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, the nation’s capital, will be cash-backed and aimed at encouraging MSMEs in the country.
The event starts at 6 pm with a red carpet while the main ceremony commences at 7 pm. The award will be in 12 categories namely: 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 Manufacturing, Excellence in Technology Innovation and Excellence in Fashion and Style. Others are Excellence in Leather Works, Excellence Furniture and Wood Works, Excellence in Beauty, Wellness and Cosmetics as well as Excellence for Non-Profit Service to Humanity. Criteria for the selection of the MSMEs include, outstanding business concept, locally produced goods, use of local technology, and provision of conducive atmosphere for MSMEs to thrive among others.