To showcase and encourage the vocational skills of artisans in the building and construction value chain, and celebrate their contributions to the housing sector, to ensure it becomes an engine of growth through the reduction of unemployment in Nigeria, the Construction Artisans Awards, is set to hold a stakeholders luncheon in Abuja.
This was disclosed by the CEO, Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project, (C-STEmp), during an interview with Housing News.
He said ‘’the stakeholders luncheon is the coming together of those who are impacted or who work with the artisans, whose skills we want to showcase, these include the employers, predominantly the major contractors and real estate developers as well as a few individuals, client organizations like the Federal Ministries and parastatals, including manufacturers and tools and equipment producers.These are all stakeholders, who we are bringing together to properly introduce the Artisans awards, and to get their buy in’’.
He noted that without the involvement of the stakeholders, a headway might not be made for the awards. He said ‘’you have to bring them in so that they can take ownership of whatever it is that we are doing’’.
Speaking further he said the National Board for Technical Education and other major stakeholders have shown interest. He noted that education and employability goes hand in hand, and he was excited with the interest shown by the body.
He said ‘’When employers are looking at candidates to employ,they are basically looking at their competence and ability to deliver, so you can see that here we have the education sector, government agencies as well as employers of labour coming together under one umbrella to deliver these awards’’.
Also calling for the participation of stakeholders for the luncheon, the CEO, FESADEB Media Group, Barrister Festus Adebayo said, ‘’We are using this medium to invite members of professional bodies who may not have received our invitation to be part of this stakeholders luncheon of the Construction Artisans award’’.
Mr Okwa, added that”the Construction Artisans awards is necessary, to showcase and encourage the vocational skills of artisans in the building and construction sector and to celebrate them”.
The Construction and Artisans award is supported by Npower,NBTE,CORBON,REDAN, and many other notable bodies in the Nigerian construction industry.
SOURCE:Affa Dickson Acho
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