Empowering artisans, tradesmen to boost economic growth

Empowering artisans, tradesmen to boost economic growth

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Young entrepreneurs, artisans and tradesmen are the source of innovation and key drivers for economic growth. Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment wants to provide an enabling environment for them to do business, deliver innovation, and enhance the lives of citizens. DANIEL ESSIET reports.

For the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment (MWC&E), Mr. Abdul Ahmed Mustapha, a dynamic city revolution is underway. This is because Lagos is constantly evolving. As a mega-city, the state is expected to report a faster pace of economic growth than most major cities across the country. To achieve this, tradesmen and artisans are going to play an important role in boosting the growth of the economy.

Speaking at the sidelines of 2016 Tradesmen & Artisans stakeholders forum in Lagos, Mustapha said the state needs artisans and tradesmen who can be guaranteed a job once theyare qualified. Since the government’s plans to continue to increase spending on infrastructure, there are fears regarding the sustainability of such investment-fuelled growth.

Mustapha told the artisans that the state government has contributed the sum of N25 billion to the Employment Trust Fund to support small scale enterprises. He said the government hopes to encourage startup businesses and small-scale redevelopment projects by creating incubation centres across the state.

He stressed the determination of the present administration to reduce unemployment rate and skill deficiency among artisans in Lagos.

To this end, the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, in collaboration with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) is training Tradesmen and Artisans in the state to enhance their productivity and upgrade their skills. Therefore, the way professional services are delivered must change across small and large businesses.

Head of Entrepreneurship Department, MWC&E, MrsTaiwo Abiose said the ministry was committedto building the capacities of promising young entrepreneurs and innovators, including those in secondary schools, saying the government is determined to support a network of business incubation centres to assist emerging entrepreneurs at each step of their journey by providing early-stage technical training and market intelligence.

By enabling innovative companies to launch and scale their business ideas, she said Lagos State is committed to stimulating economic growth and job creation.

The President, Lagos State Tie and Dye Association, Abdul Rahhed Temitope, said  the  cottage industry is one of the thriving enterprises that needed encouragement because of its huge potentials for alleviating poverty.

Patronage of the local tie and dye comes from businesses and private individuals across the country.

He called on the Lagos Government to support its growth to discourage import of such products into the country.

The President,Lagos State Ram Sellers Association, Alhaji Seriki Alao said the industry can still take new entrants.

He praised the Lagos Government for training tradesmen and artisans to make them more skillfull and responsive to the demands of the economy.


Source : Thenationonline

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