From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The South-East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SECCIMA), has applauded the Federal Government for drastically reducing cost of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) registration nationwide.
The Director-General of SECCIMA, Mr Nduka Awuregu, gave the commendation in Enugu yesterday, while reacting to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) announced 80 per cent reduction in a virtual launch of NAFDAC’s MSME Palliative nationwide.
NAFDAC also recently announced its user-friendly assisted E-Registration, meant to create seamless and internet-based registration of MSME businesses and obtaining of NAFDAC registration number in limited days if all requirements are met.
Awuregu, who is also the Director-General of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, said that with the recent Federal Government move through NAFDAC, it had opened massive window of opportunities for MSMEs, entrepreneurs and inventors to spring up in every corner of the country.
According to him, the recent move is in line with the age-long advocacy for MSMEs and entrepreneurs to be able to run small businesses and create jobs seamlessly without cost cumbrances.
“It is a welcome development and very cheering news to the Organised Private Sector (OPS) in the South-East, which the chamber represents.
“This move by the Federal Government will go a very long way to create more jobs, check food insecurity and promote creativity at the grassroots.
“With this and other government supports, there will be increased manufacturing that would be the bedrock of the highly needed diversification to over adverse effect of COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.