By MIKE EFFIONG
Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Mrs Sarah Jubril has called on wealthy individuals in the society to support capacity building of craftsmen and artisans through skill acquisition centre in the housing sector.
She made this appeal during the graduation of building artisans, technicians and matriculations of new intake into the Adeyinka Technical Institute (ATI) in Lapeleke, Ogun State.The graduating students were trained in construction, plumbing, furnished/ carpentry, welding and steel fabricating.
She urged philanthropists to contribute to grass root development in the country especially in the area of skills acquisition. Commending the founder of the institute, she said, “This is a labour to enhance indigenous development, it will help the country to develop the construction field” she noted. Director, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr.Abidemi Bammeke, called for avenues for artisans to hone their skills in a programme to enhance the quality of building being constructed in the country.
“The major bane of building collapse in the country is that we don’t have competent and qualified craftsmen, technicians and engineers. “We have also not fully baked our technicians to supervise craftmen, and incidentally, the engineers are not willing to put in effort at monitoring the youths” he added.
Bammeke urged the federal government to revive Technical and Vocational Education, which has been abandoned to ensuring skill and acquisition for the construction sector.
Chairman Sparklight Group, Toyin Adeyinka, said the institute is aimed at impacting practical knowledge and empowering individual person to become gifted artisans. He said, “The institute was set up as a non-free paying technical school to train technicians and craftsmen in the most practical manner possible with a view to meeting the huge shortfall of these set of professionals in the society. Great emphasis is placed on practical training and dignity of labour.
“Affiliation of the school to a construction company and other industrial companies has made this objective less cumbersome. Our admission policy is mostly targeted as indigenous student, whose parents are unable to pay their fees” Adeyinka noted.