The Vice Chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Bldr. Samson Ameh Opaluwah has said that with the collaboration of N-Power, C-STEmp, CORBON and the Federal Government, artisans are now going to enjoy their pride of place in the society with the upcoming Construction Artisans Award.
Bldr Samson Opaluwah made this statement during a chat with HousingNews Correspondent earlier today.
“from now henceforth skills of artisans will be rewarded and their importance in running the engine of the Nigerian economy will be identified.” He said.
The Construction Artisans Awards which is slated for the first quarter of 2019, he said, is platform aimed at showcasing and rewarding excellence and competence of artisans all across the federation.
“It is not a competition; however we want to see who is competent and who is skilled in a particular area and begin to reward them.” He said.
He added that the Construction Artisans Award was birthed due to the little importance given to technical education, in the area of acquisition of adequate requisite skills of artisans in the construction sector and the need to ginger youths to know that competence has value and acquiring skills is rewarded in the society.
“No matter how educated, knowledgeable or proficient the engineer, architect, quantity surveyor and builders are, the person who translates the idea into reality is the artisan and if the artisan is not properly trained in his skill it becomes a major challenge because all the intellectual inputs cannot actually benefit the eventual development that is intended.
Bldr. Samson charged all artisans to raise their tools and utilize them maximally as the upcoming Construction Artisans Awards is aimed at showcasing their worth to the society and rewarding them for their enormous efforts in the physical actualization of ideas of professionals in the construction sector.
Wilson Ifeoma Nonye – HousingNews, Abuja