The Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, has lauded the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) for its collaboration with the State Government to revamp the skills of artisans in the construction industry.
During his visit to the venue of the ongoing Lagos State Master Craftsman Training Programme for Artisans in the Built Sector at Ikorodu, Akinderu-Fatai, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, expressed appreciation for NIOB’s involvement in raising the bar of competence among local artisans. He noted that this partnership would elevate the quality of training modules and enhance the certification of participants.
The Master Craftsman training programme aims to upgrade the skills of artisans in areas such as Carpentry and Furniture, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Painting and Decoration, as well as Masonry (Block Laying and Concrete Works). The Commissioner emphasized the need to address the shortage of skilled labor at the artisanal level, which has led to the hiring of artisans from neighboring countries. The State Government is determined to empower local artisans to ensure they remain competitive in the sector, thereby reducing unemployment and retaining capital within the country.
Akinderu-Fatai disclosed that the intensive six-weekend training program, encompassing both theory and practice, is overseen by NIOB, and participants will receive work gear and tools to enhance their skills. Certified graduates will also be listed on the Building Sector Artisans’ hub website to connect them with potential clients.
Assuring continued support for capacity building in the building sector, the Commissioner pledged to expand the program to include additional trade skills. He called upon other professional bodies to follow NIOB’s example and collaborate with the State Government, emphasizing the significant benefits it brings to all stakeholders and the broader community.
Speaking on behalf of the trainee artisans, Afolabi Shukurat expressed their commitment to utilizing the training opportunity to contribute to the economic development of the State.