“Forum’s Coming is long overdue” Says the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment
As the coordinating Ministry of MSME BMOs in Nigeria, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, was unequivocal in its embrace of the emergence of Forum. At an interactive session during a courtesy visit of the organization’s Board of Trustees to the Ministry in June 2019, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Opaluwa John, a Deputy Director in the Ministry remarked that Forum was an initiative whose birth was “even overdue”. “It is when we have this kind of leadership forum that boasts of men and women with wealth of experience that can talk to similar operators and they can listen, that you can bring in the public sector”, he said. Expressing his belief in the sustainability of Forum, the Deputy Director was optimistic that the organization “would have the maximum cooperation of the Ministry to ensure that it becomes the umbrella of BMOs in this nation for the development of MSMEs”.