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Empowering Artisans, Tradesmen
« on: August 31, 2016, 05:05:08 PM »
The Lagos State Government, in collaboration with the private sector and organised labour, has set for itself an ambitious target of creating jobs and reducing poverty through massive investment in infrastructure and skills development. DANIEL ESSIET reports.

The Lagos State Government has unveiled a new growth path anchored on massive investment in infrastructure and skills development  for the purpose of creating jobs and reducing poverty.

The initiative, in collaboration with the private sector and organised labour, hopes to build the capacities of artisans and tradesmen through incubation and training.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the capacity building for tradesmen & artisans in Lagos State, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment (MWC&E), Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha, said the programme is supported by a N25 billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF).

While noting that the state government  places broad-based economic empowerment in a growth and employment framework., Mustapha said that focusing on job creation, entrepreneurship and the promotion of small and medium enterprises can boost inclusive and sustainable industrial development across the state.

He stated that accelerating industrialisation requires a focus on job creation and entrepreneurship, and that  these are key aspects to fully capture the potential of the state?s dynamic workforce and boost inclusive sustainable development.

With a population of about 20 million and its status as a mega city, Mustapha noted that tradesmen and artisans can be developed to form the foundation for stronger and competitive industries.

He added that the shortage of artisans in the country is an obstacle to economic growth; that  a capability building programme for  artisans and tradesmen would create jobs and spur economic growth.

Mustapha, however, hinted that the state government may no longer allow individuals to parade themselves as artisans if they are not qualified and certified by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB).

He listed artisans who would need such certification to include  hairdressers, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, fitters,  turners and welders, among others.

The permanent secretary, however, pointed out that technical and vocational education and training is an area where the government and the private sector should invest since it has direct impact on incomes and economic growth.

Samuel Ajayi of Service said the State Government has created an online platform for artisans and tradesmen to register and sell their services.

He said the platform connects artisans with residents in need of reliable, secure, hassle-free and high quality service with service providers who are trusted, experienced and verified.

With this platform, he said the government is determined to promote adherence to relevant industry codes and standards in all activities and projects executed by service providers.

While identifying some key challenges  facing artisans as  poor access to markets and  market-related information, Ajayi said the platform provides a transparent and traceable tradesmen and artisans sourcing services for Lagos residents.

The Programme Coordinator, LASTVEB, Mr. Abubakar Adebisi, stressed that it is vital that artisans equip themselves with the skills needed by the marketplace so  they can take advantage of opportunities that will help reduce poverty and  spur economic growth.

According to him, re-training to meet new opportunities is critical considering the fact that shortage of  skilled artisans has, for instance, led to influx of spe...ed welders from Benin Republic into Nigeria.

Adebisi expressed optimism that  after completing the eight weeks intensive training programme,  beneficiaries will acquire capacities to provide services.

The President, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari, thanked the Lagos State Government for continuous training of members.

He   assured of LASCOTA?s commitment in helping the present administration meet its set goals.


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Empowering Artisans, Tradesmen
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