The Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, on Tuesday, held its 11th Tradesmen and Artisans Day celebration themed, “Creating 21st Century Artisans for Sustainable Economic Growth”, just as the government disclosed it will ensure that Tradesman and Artisans are not detached from the rapidly changing dynamics in their chosen vocations and trades.
In her keynote address at the event, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, noted that the State government is not resting on its oars in ensuring the relevance of Artisans and Tradesmen in the scheme of things, as their roles remain critical to achieving sustainable growth and prosperity in Lagos.
Arobieke stressed that the resolve of the government to chart a path for sustainable development for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) is being witnessed with the presentation of 2000 Tradesmen and Artisans from 37 different registered Trade Associations. The graduands were retrained and upskilled in various ventures for enhanced productivity by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Educational Board (LASTVEB), through the capacity building initiative – Lagos State Tradesmen and Artisans Empowerment Programme (LASTAEP).
“The new set of 2000 graduands have successfully completed an eight-weekend intensive training programme solely sponsored by the State Government, making it a total of 15,780 Tradesmen and Artisans of different Registered Associations from various locations and trades that have been up-skilled to date”, Arobieke said.
Delivering his goodwill message, the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee Chairman, Mr. Jude Idimogu, assured the gathering of the government’s continuous support and advised the graduands to employ others to reduce unemployment, stressing that the dividends of democracy would be made available if the citizens paid tax.
Earlier at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Kafayat Ajenifuja, in her welcome speech, reiterated that the prospects of graduands remain endless because Lagos State, being one of the fast-growing economies and financial hubs in the world, avails opportunities to be tapped, especially by artisans who are capable of solving the industrial needs of the State.
Highlights of the ceremony were the award of certificates, cash and plaques in recognition of excellence to certain individuals, among whom were Mr. Badmus Jimoh Adeyemi of National Electrical Technicians Association of Nigeria (NETAN) who received the Award for the Best Graduating Artisan, while Olori Folake Sanusi of the Lagos State Iron Pots, Kitchen Utensils Dealers Association was the Best Graduating Tradesman.