The Governor of Bauchi State,Mr Muhammed Abubakar, has thrown his weight behind the Construction Artisans Awards.The endorsement came at the North-East Zonal competition of the Construction Artisans Awards,which commenced in Bauchi, yesterday.
The governor,represented by his deputy, Mr Audu Sule,said ”artisans play an important role in the society,they are trained to build the future of the country, and they must take the profession seriously”.
The two-day event will feature a total of 250 participants from Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno and Yobe states,competing in 7 major building trades.
The categories in which artisans will be competing are; carpentry,masonry,painting,tiling,plumbing,electrical and welding.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Muhammed Musa, Bauchi state Coordinator of N-power said those who performed well would proceed to Abuja for the National competition.
“This is a competition for artisans from the selected states of the North-east, in which N/power build beneficiaries are participants.“Those that are engaged under the component of Npower- build, namely tiling, plumbing and automobiles, among others, are participating in this competition. “They are going to compete here with all other artisans and the best among them will proceed to Abuja for the National competition,” said the coordinator.
Musa said that the competition was a collaboration of Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project (C-STEmp), National Social Investment Office (NSIO), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Council Of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) and Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB).
Also speaking, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Mr Sanusi Gumau, congratulated the artisans for having the privilege to be the pioneers of the laudable initiative.
He commended the NSIO, NBTE, CORBON, NIOB and C-STEmp for their collaborative effort in coming up with the initiative, adding that the intervention was the most successful in the history of Nigeria.
Source: Affa Dickson Acho