No fewer than 2,000 artisans on Tuesday graduated from an eight-week intensive training organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the graduation ceremony held at LTV Blue Roof in the Agidingbi area of the state, noted that to build a dynamic economy for the state, there was a need for up-skilling workers in the state.
The event also commemorated the yearly Tradesmen and Artisans’ Day.
The trainees were nominated for the capacity building programme by the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), the umbrella body of all traders’ associations in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Our administration places a premium on participatory governance, just as we strongly believe the government and private sector must work together to transform the state’s economy.
“It is not in doubt that technology and innovation are the bedrock of economic development. The transition from the agricultural age to the Industrial Age to the Digital Age has been underlined by waves of innovation that emerge to disrupt an established order and replace it with a new way of doing things.
“As a forward-looking government, we cannot afford to ignore the rapid pace of change in the 21st century. Lagos’ artisans cannot afford to be left behind. It is our abiding commitment to ensuring that our Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSMEs) grow and flourish.”
“This is why we are equipping our artisans with contemporary skills and incorporating technological innovation into their practice to stay in tune with emerging trends from around the world,” the governor added.
He said his administration would continue to create an enabling environment for artisans and tradesmen to thrive, promising continuous investments in programmes that would impact their lives and improve earnings from their crafts.
“For the 2,000 re-trained tradesmen and artisans who are graduating today, let me remind you that the strategic position of Lagos offers you limitless opportunities to achieve your dreams, as the state contributes a quarter of the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and is by extension the fifth largest economy in Africa. Your training has, therefore, been designed to provide you with the right mix of skills needed to service the rapidly growing industrial needs of our state,” he said.
The state Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Ariobeke, said the programme was part of the empowerment opportunities initiated by the Sanwo-Olu administration for residents in the informal sector – in which 4,500 had benefited.
President of LASCOTA, Mr Nurudeen Buhari, said the training would provide competitive advantage for the participants.