We will create better environment for artisans, says Akeredolu

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Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has reiterated the commitment of his administration to create improved environment for artisans to thrive.

He said the ultimate goal of his administration is to generate a significant number of vocational jobs for the teeming youths.

The governor spoke yesterday at this year’s Artisans Day celebration at the M.K.O. Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, the state capital.

The event was attended by Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi; the senator representing Ondo Central, Tayo Alasoadura; the Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Union Matters, Mr. Alaba Isijola and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Research and documentation, Mr. Kunle Adebayo.

Akeredolu said N50 million had been given to the artisan group as loans from the state’s micro-credit agency as part of the contributions of his administration to the development of the vocational sector.

The governor, who said power is critical to the activities of the artisans, added that his administration was harnessing the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that power supply to Akure, the state capital, and other parts of the state improved.

He said: “Artisanship is the way to go in this dispensation. We enjoin our teeming youths to learn vocations. We will strive to collaborate with all stakeholders to emplace and implement programmes that will boost the productivity of our artisans across the state.

“I enjoin you to step up your skills to be able to compete favourably in the global space. The quality of your products must be able to stand the test of time, like their counterparts across the world.

“Our youths must shun the proclivity for get-rich-quick that is now pervasive in our society. Let me state unequivocally that we shall continue to create an enabling environment for the sector to thrive in our state and for every individual to engage in lawful businesses without let or hindrance.

“We all know that power is critical to your activities. To this end, we are harnessing the efforts of all stakeholders in the sector to ensure that power supply to Akure and the entire state enjoys significant improvement.

“The sector should not be seen as an area for illiterates; rather, it should be seen as businesses for serious-minded skilled people who are capable of creating massive employment and income generation for our dear state.

“It should be noted that in other parts of the world, artisans are a major source of employers of labour. They are expected to contribute a high percentage to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

 

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