Lagos trains skilled entrepreneurs

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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L-R Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Employment, Mrs Tope Banjoko, Director of Entrepreneurship of Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Abiose Taiwo, Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Wealth Creation and employment, Mr Samson Ajibade, Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board LASTVEB, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo (standing) and President of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans, LASCOTA, Mr Nurudeen Buhari at the event.

The Lagos State government has flagged off a training for its skilled tradesmen and artisans to improve productivity and to boost the economy.

The 8-week capacity building for over 1,000 skilled Artisans, involved about 23 trades and geared towards a renewed entrepreneurship base for the State.

Declaring the programme open, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board LASTVEB, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo said that the training was designed to open opportunities for the Artisans to be abreast of the current technical operations of their businesses and to improve their skills.

Capacity building
Erogbogbo said that the training was borne out of the need to emphasise that the learning and business environment was changing and the old adopted model must be improved upon.

“What the training intends to achieve is to improve the skills of  the Artisans. They are already skilled, they know their jobs and its intricacies. But our own input is to expose them to modern techniques of operations. And during the programme, we will be taking them to factories and industries to see better ways of doing things,” Erogbogbo explained.

She said that the programme would also expose participants to classes on creativity, interpersonal communication and mentoring, among others.

Business expansion
The Director of Entrepreneurship of Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Abiose Taiwo said the state was training existing business owners who needed expansion and exposure to compete favourably with their counterparts in any part of the world.

She stressed that participants at the training would be introduced to Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Entrepreneurship, Networking and how to access the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund which is given at 5% interest rate.

Artisan Virtual Market
She said that the State would soon launch an ‘Artisan Virtual Market’, a software application for business and services.

According to her “Artisan Virtual Market is an e-place where the Artisans and any prospective buyer interact.”

Upscaling economy
The President of the Lagos State Council of Trademen and Artisans, LASCOTA, Mr Nurudeen Buhari thanked the State government for the gesture extended to their members towards improving business environment and upscaling the econom through entrepreneurship development.

He urged the members to support the progressive strides of the government and ensure their consistent presence at the trainings.

After the 8-week programme was organised by LASTVEB and Ministry of Wealth Creation and Environment.

Participants are expected to be better skilled in Fashion designing, carpentry works, plumbing among others.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim