The Lagos Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) are partnering to produce competent artisans to support the Lagos State?s industry?s growing needs for technical excellence.DANIEL ESSIET reports.
For most of his life, Executive President, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari, has been involved in arts and craft.
He has worked closely with many artisans to turn their crafts into good products. While some have found markets, others have increased value and appreciation for their craftsmanship.
With a population of about 20 million and its status as a mega city, Buhari, believes tradesmen and artisans can be developed to form the foundation for stronger and competitive industries.
As a result of retirement, however, there are fewer and fewer experienced artisans in Lagos. He is sad to see artisans relegated to the background because of their literacy level.
Currently, the competency level of some artisans and tradesmen is poor.
This is happening because artisans and tradesmen in the past have not received enough training to enable them explore opportunities to expand their business locally.
However, this is changing as the Lagos State government is working through the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) to train and certify artisans.
There are now programmes designed to train young and ageing people in the artisanal and skilled trades sectors.
Addressing the opening of an eight -week training for artisans and tradesmen in Lagos, Buhari thanked the Lagos State Government for continuous training of members, assuring of LASCOTA?s commitment in helping the present administration meet its set goals.
The Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Lagos Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, represented by the Head of Entrepreneurship Department, Mrs. Taiwo Abiose, stressed that it was 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.
He said Lagos State is not only determined to provide residents with well-trained, skilled & reliable employees ensuring that they provide quality work within the market.
She expressed optimism that after completing the eight weeks intensive training programme, beneficiaries will acquire capacities to provide services.
The Executive Secretary LASTVEB, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, said technical and vocational education and training is an area the government is investing to bring direct impact on incomes and economic growth.
She said the state government has created an online platform for artisans and tradesmen to register and sell their services.
She 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, she 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, she said the platform provides a transparent and traceable tradesmen and artisans sourcing services for Lagos residents.