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Countdown Begin For The Maiden Edition of Nigeria Skills Expo

More than 15,000, construction industry artisans are gearing up for the maiden edition of the Construction Artisans Awards 2019. The event will take place at the Old Parade Ground Abuja, from 28th – 30th January 2019.

It will feature 7 key trades, which will include; Welding, Painting, Tiling, Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical Installation, in addition to a Job Skills Expo, Artisans Summit and Artisans Awards.

“The Construction Artisans Awards is been put together to celebrate Artisans in the building and construction industry. It gives Artisans the opportunity to be recognized for the hard work, talent and vision they put forward in the construction industry’’, said Anthony Okwa, Project Director C-STEmp (Construction Skills Training and Empowerment project),organizers of the award.

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C-STEmp has the key objective of breaking the paradox of high unemployment and poverty in the midst of severe shortage of skilled manpower in the construction sector, development of industry driven curriculum and training model that can be replicated across the country to boost the supply of competent artisans and craftsmen in order to improve the standard of construction and productivity in the sector. Its medium term objective is to spawn a network of training providers that can complement it to build up a critical mass of up to one million trained, assessed and certified artisans who would be duly registered in a database to be maintained by the relevant sector skills council.

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.

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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.

Features of the Small Scale Building Materials Production Workshop are;

  • Paint Making – Emulsion paints, textured paints, Sandtex paints
  • 3D Wall Decoration And Embossment
  • Cracked Tile Production – various floor and wall tiles
  • Production of white glue or wood adhesive
  • Production of particle boards, partitioning boards and suspended ceiling
  • Making various types of sand paper
  • Production of interlocking tiles and pavement tiles
  • Production of polystyrene boards, parapet boards and decorative materials
  • Mould making and designs
  • 1 Demonstration of how to make stone coated roof tiles


The 7 categories of the awards are;

  • Best artisan in Masonry, concreting and plastering
  • Best artisan in carpentry and joinery
  • Best artisan in welding and steel fabrication
  • Best artisan in plumbing installation
  • Best artisan in electrical installation
  • Best artisan in tiling and decorative stone work
  • Best artisan in painting and decoration

The best artisan will receive One Million Naira, a complete tool kit Set, and automatic employment. While the best female artisan and best young artisan will go home with N500, 000 and N100, 000 respectively.

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In addition to C-STEmp, (the award organizers) other partners and sponsors include; UK aid, British Council, The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Northern Ireland, Copen Group, J Hausen, FESADEB Media Group, Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), IL&FS, FMBN, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), The Real Estate Developers Association (REDAN) and Abuja Property Development Company (APDC).

Affa Dickson Acho


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