Lagos plans training for artisans, traders

The Lagos State Government has set up a capacity development programme to train registered artisans and traders in the state for global competitiveness.

The Commissioner for Wealth and Creation, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, made this known during the 12th edition of the Tradesmen and Artisans’ Capacity Building Programme.

She said, “This up-skilling programme is developed to equip the registered members of the informal sector towards becoming the 21st Century artisans and tradesmen and to ensure that every resident of the state benefits from the policies of the government.”

Arobieke said artisans and traders were targeted because they made up much of the informal sector.

She said, “The informal sector is largely populated by artisans and is faced with challenges in the areas of access to market, inadequate or lack of finance and access to capacity development. These challenges, if not holistically addressed, could hinder the potential inherent in the sector.

“The government will tackle these challenges through the development of an online portal (an analytical data manager) which would serve as an online marketplace for artisans and labour users. The initiative would modernise the workforce/SMEs, thereby giving access to consumers to easily engage artisans in any part of the state.”

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