Lagos empowers 200 craftsmen with working gears, tools after training 

Lagos empowers 200 craftsmen with working gears, tools after training 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sawo-Olu, has empowered 200 artisans who participated in six weeks of master craftsmen training organised by the Ministry of Housing.

This training and mentorship began in 2016 to enhance the capacity of craftsmen and artisans in Lagos State to fill the gap of the dearth of well-trained artisans as developers were resorting to importing artisans from neighbouring countries.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony and presentation of work gears and tools to trained master craftsmen, the Lagos State Government, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the master craftsman training is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

“This is to fulfil my promise to the good people of Lagos State especially with regards to commitment to uplift the youths and develop the housing value chain.

“As a government, we have consistently identified gaps in the various sectors of the economy and equally set plans in motion to address them. Hence, our desire to build sustainable and affordable housing projects across the State leveraging on raw talent from within our space, promoting local content, especially in areas such as masonry, furniture and carpentry, plumbing and pipe fitting; electrical installation and maintenance and painting and decoration,” he said.

The governor, represented by Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr Akinyemi Ajigbotafe, added that the state is not only committed to growing the capacity of artisans but also to networking them to potential markets and making them the priority for housing projects across the State. “In line with this commitment, the graduating class will be added to the database and uploaded on the website of the State Government in a bid to give them global recognition. 

“In pursuance of our commitment to youth empowerment and the growth of the informal sector, we will create additional centres towards engaging more artisans in the subsequent phases of this programme. The objective is to further bridge the over 15,000 skill gaps in the built sector and ultimately stimulate the provision of sustainable, decent and affordable housing projects for the State. Today, we are not just graduating artisans; we are also giving them the required tools to push through the skills gathered in the cause of the intensive training facilitated by qualified and certified trainers.”

He congratulated the Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, Special Adviser on Housing, Barr. Barakat Odunuga-Bakare, the entire team of the Ministry of Housing; the lead consultant; the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB); Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB); and other stakeholders including the qualified and certified trainers for the successful implementation of this programme. 

In his address, Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said the need to upscale the training of the artisans and craftsmen in the built sector is vital to the success of the vision of Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, in bridging the gap in the housing sector in Lagos State.

“Having conceptualised this initiative based on the contributions and value it will inject into the housing value chain, the curriculums and programmes of the training were designed to cover both theoretical and practical methods, thereby exposing participants to contemporary concepts, techniques, practice and approaches from start-up to close up within the built sector.

“ I strongly believe that our initiative of bridging the skill and capacity gaps in the built sector will significantly enhance the housing sector, create employment and wealth while leveraging on the youth population, promote local content, stimulate the informal sector, create healthy competition, and consolidate the efforts of the State Government in the provision of safe and sustainable housing projects for the public. Thereby contributing to the eradication of global housing deficit.”

He added that the ministry ensures compliance with global standards and best practices with an established partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) and other relevant stakeholders including qualified and certified trainers for the implementation of this initiative. 

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