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Enugu Gov Bags Presidential Award for MSMEs Dev’t

Enugu State, Governor Peter Mbah, has been conferred with a National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs,) Award by the Office of the Vice President…

Enugu State, Governor Peter Mbah, has been conferred with a National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs,) Award by the Office of the Vice President on the World MSME Day for his outstanding contributions to the MSME sub-sector in his state.

Presenting the award on behalf of the Vice President Kashim Shettima during this year’s National MSME Awards at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice President, Senator Ibrahim Hadejia, said governor Mbah had impressed with his leadership capacity.

He also described the Governor as someone that is changing the leadership strategy, not only in Enugu State, but in the whole of the South East.

“Dr. Peter Mbah is also one of the most IT-savvy individuals I have ever met and he is putting a lot of that experience and knowledge into governance in Enugu State. And he also recognises the impact that MSMEs have, not just on the labour market, but on productivity and increase in economic activities in his state.

Addressing newsmen after the ceremony, Governor Mbah described the award as an elixir to do more, describing MSMEs as the lifeblood of any economic development.

He described the Vice President as a champion of MSMEs and commended his tireless commitment to the Light-Up Nigeria Project, which he said would help to ramp up power supply to industrial clusters in the South East.

He said, “Let me, on behalf of the government and people of Enugu State, express our profound gratitude to the Office of the Vice President for recognising our modest effort in supporting the growth of MSMEs in our state.

“MSMEs are the lifeblood of economic development. But as desirous as they may be, their success is no chance occurrence. They thrive only through painstaking policies that enhance the ease-of-doing-business climate.

“We believe that governments thrive when MSMEs are in good shape. So, starting a business does not have to seem like a leap of faith. Neither is it a zero-sum game, because small businesses create jobs, thus reducing the social burden typically created by huge unemployment rate.

“From the outset, we recognised that our goal to substantially grow Enugu State’s economy from $4.4 billion to $30 billion in the next four to eight years is closely-tied to the viability of MSMEs.

“These, roughly summarise the context behind the various incentives and projects we have implemented to aid the growth of small businesses through the Enugu SME Centre and Office of Digital Economy, fuelled by the commitment to upskill 40,000 youth annually in digital and vocational skills,” Governor Mbah said.

He further said his administration had equally provided N1 Billion in Venture Capital Funds under the auspices of the soon to be launched Enugu State & SMEDAN Joint Matching Funds for Nano, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises to boost MSMEs growth in the state.

“Our other efforts to boost MSME in the state include the creation of the Enugu State Fashion and Garment Hub and training of 5,000 youth on fashion skills in 3 years, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President and private sector partners.

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