No doubt the construction industry in Nigeria is replete with Artisans who have made their marks in their various trades. But for a long time now, these unsung heroes of the building and construction industry hardly get the recognition they deserve.
However that is about to change, with the maiden edition of the Construction Artisans Awards 2019, set to hold at the Old Parade Ground, Area10, Garki, Abuja, from Jan 28-Jan 30, 2019.The Construction Artisans Awards (CAA) was conceived as part of a holistic strategy to generate excitement and interest in the construction trades. It will bring over 15,000 artisans and up to 5,000 spectators, visitors and stakeholders together as well as about 30 million viewers globally through broadcast on international and national television and the internet.
The skills competitions offers a unique opportunity for skilled artisans and apprentices to showcase the knowledge, skills and experience they have acquired over the years in order for them to be celebrated by their employers, friends, families as well as communities.
The Awards also offers construction companies, real estate developers, equipment and tools as well as materials manufacturers to showcase their products and demonstrate their commitment to quality craftsmanship by showcasing their products and services especially to the artisans who not only directly handle them, but very often determine their patronage.
During the luncheon for the inaugural edition of the Construction Artisans Awards, which took place in Abuja, last November. The Project Director, Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project(C-Stemp), promoters of the (Construction Artisans Awards) 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’’.
While paying glowing tributes to the contributions of Artisans in the industry, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Dr Masa’udu Adamu 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 Awards’’. 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.
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 Artisans Awards is supported by Npower, NBTE,FOCI, CORBON, REDAN, and many other notable bodies in the Nigerian construction industry.
Affa Dickson Acho