Wednesday, 17 January 2018

FG trains 16,800 artisans nationwide

 The Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) in collaboration with N-Power says it is training 16,800 artisans nationwide under the Federal Government Artisans Empowerment Programme to boost the sector.
Dr Joshua Olorunkiya, the Programme Manager, made this known on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Olurunkiya, who spoke on the sidelines of the “Train the Trainers” workshop for Skill Acquisition Programme for Construction Artisans, said the programme would be implemented from January to December 2018.
The Build Vocational Training programme is a CORBON and N-Power initiative in partnership with the National Social Insurance Office (NSIO) of the Presidency to empower youths and tackle unemployment.
Olorunkiya noted that the programme have about 200 training centres nationwide to accommodate 700 trainers on the average to facilitate the training.
The expert regretted that currently there was lack of skilled workforce in the country, adding that there is high level of unemployment in the country.
“So when the current administration came on board one of its agenda was to create jobs particularly to engage the youths and one of the sector considered was the construction industry that engages more of the youth.
“Base on this, government came up with the programme to train artisans nationwide in six major trades including masonry, iron bending and fabrications, painting and decorations, electrical services and installations, plumbing and tiling. According to him, the federal government has also procured tools to be given to the artisans at the end of the one-year programme for them to start their means of livelihood from there.
“Every trainee that successfully complete the programme will be certified and registered by CORBON as a skill artisan then the incident of quackery can be reduced.
“When you look at the construction industry, most of the artisans in the country today are from Togo or other neighbouring countries and they are making huge amount of money.
“It is of no use to engage an artisan who is not skilful on the basis of sentiments when you can engage someone who can do the job better from another country.
“That is the brain behind the programme and to do that successfully, government through the office of NSIO is bankrolling the programme.
On this note, he said that the government deemed it fit to engage the builders because as professionals they were certified to translate every construction design information into reality.
Olorunkiya said the first three months in the programme would be used for theoretical session, whereby the artisans would be thought the attitudinal reorientation, work ethics and simple business management.
He further noted that the remaining nine months would be fieldwork and practical demonstrations, and based on that their proficiency would be accessed for them to be certified as qualified artisans.
“There will also be evaluation and monitoring which will be done all through and certificate will be issued by CORBON,’’ he said. (NAN)



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