The Lagos State Government says it has developed an online portal which will serve as a market place designed to facilitate interactions amongst artisans.
The portal will enable the Micro Small Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, other relevant stakeholders and people in need of high quality service to meet reliable, trusted, verified technicians and service providers.
The Lagos state Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf made the statement during the onboarding program for tradesmen and artisans on the Artisans’ Virtual Market Project held at Alimosho area of the State.
The Commissioner explained that the business application has been designed to cater for the needs of all artisans regardless of their educational background.
She stated that the success of the initiative depends on the support and cooperation of the artisans who are expected to provide truthful and detailed information about their trades, businesses and services.
According to the Commissioner, the application will ensure that certified artisans who have been trained or re-certified by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board LASTVEB and other relevant stakeholders will have the opportunity of showcasing their products and services to the world.
“The objective of this initiative is to create capacity in the informal sector by stemming the tide of increasing rate of unemployment, endless search for white collar job and more importantly to halt the preference for artisans and craftsmen from the neighbouring countries.”
She maintained that the newly introduced application would modernize the Small and Medium Enterprises by reconstructing competitive and business sustenance foundation on which exchange of goods and services occurs.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment Dr. Olajide Bashorun described Virtual Market initiative as an important step aimed at making life more abundant for artisans, stressing that Governor Ambode during his campaign period had promised to leverage on the entrepreneurial skills of artisans in the State to create wealth and make artisans employers of labour.
He added that the idea to develop the Artisans’ Virtual Market was one of the ways the Ministry has adopted to make the vision of the Governor realizable.
The President of Lagos State Council for Tradesmen and Artisans, LASCOTA, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari, thanked the Governor for the leverage given to the artisans to compete globally with their contemporaries across the globe.
“This initiative would make it possible for artisans to be consulted through the online platform such that business transaction could be conducted anywhere unhindered,” Buhari said
Buhari urged members of the Association to provide accurate information during the capturing and data base registration that would make the process seamless and less cumbersome for their prospective clients to patronize them.
The registration process will be decentralized to all the Senatorial Districts of the State to allow for more entries while the exercise will continue at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium at the State Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja for the next two months.