The Construction Artisans Award, has held their luncheon for the inaugural edition of the Construction Artisans Awards, 2019.The event which took place at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, had in attendance stakeholders from various fields in the construction industry.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Dr Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure, paid glowing tributes to artisans in in the construction sector, he said,
‘’skills shape our people and keep and the world moving, if we look at the construction sector, we have craftsmen, technicians and engineers, these are the movers and shakers of the industry’ ’He added that the journey to the inaugural Construction Artisans Awards started 10 years ago.
‘’We’ve been making gradual progress over the years, and as you can see the progress has culminated into the Construction Artisans Award’’. He said further that NBTE has done so much to encourage youths to take up jobs in the construction sector, and he is excited that the sector is currently making waves.
Also speaking the luncheon, the Project Director, Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project(C-Stemp), Anthony Okwa, said ‘’Construction is still essentially a crafts based profession, and the major challenge we have is artisans, so we are partnering with various organizations to train artisans and inculcate in them skills to ensure best practice, optimum output and quality, in the work that they do’’.
He said in the nearest future with the efforts being made to boost the skills of artisans, Nigeria will have some of the best Artisans in the world.
‘’The skills sector is a global sector and there is skill demand everywhere in the world, so the idea of skills competition is an idea that has gone global, what we want to do is to place Nigeria on the skills map of the world, so that when people are looking for artisans, people will come to us to look for artisans’’.
The goal of the Construction Artisans Awards is, 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