The President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB),Bldr Kenneth Nduka, said the National Skills Expo, and Construction Artisans Awards will impact the building industry and the artisans especially in the quality of jobs done by the artisans.
Nduka stated this during an interview with Housing News, on the sidelines of the National Skills Expo/Construction Artisans Awards, in Abuja.
He said ‘’the dream expectation is that it will impact on the industry, we want to see that Nigeria is using Competent artisans to deliver quality products, and the essence of this’’.
He stated further that the event will give some prestige to vocational and technical skills and urged artisans to hold their trade in high esteem among professionals in the building sector.
‘’We want artisans to know that they are equal and important stakeholders in the building and construction industry in Nigeria’’.
He added that ‘’this event is an opportunity for artisans to interface and exchange ideas and above all, show their potentials to the general public, in order to ensure that every building and construction project that comes out of Nigeria enjoys the input of professional artisans’’.
The National Skills Expo/Construction Artisans Awards, is part of a holistic strategy to generate excitement and interest in the construction trades.
The skills competition 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.
According to Project Coordinator, Construction Skills Empowerment Project (CSTEmp) Mr Anthony Okwa, construction is still essentially a craft-based profession, they are partnering with various organizations to train artisans to inculcate in them skills that will ensure best practice, optimum output and quality in their works.
With the efforts so far being made to boost the skills of artisans, Okwa disclosed that in the nearest future, Nigeria would have some of the best artisans in the world.
Source: Affa Dickson Acho