By Ifeanyi Nwoko/NAN
In a bid to encourage small businesses in Nigeria amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari will address Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The address which would form part of the 2020 MSMEs award would hold July 16, Mr Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to the Vice President on MSMEs, said.
Johnson who addressed a virtual news conference in Abuja on Friday said in spite of the ravaging pandemic and its effects on MSMEs, the awards would still hold.
He, however, said that the award was only going to hold virtually, adding that the portal for registration would be open on June 1 and remain open for 30 days.
“The portal for this year’s edition of the award will be open on the 1st of June and it will be open for 30 days.
“Once the portal is open, SMEs across the country can go and nominate themselves in whatever category of their choice.
The award this year would be held on July 16, it would be a unique one because it would be virtual.
“All award recipients and other participants and guests will join the event via video conference from different locations across the country.
“This is in line with the established protocols for COVID-19 containment by the Federal Government through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to Johnson, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be coordinating the virtual awards.