Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed the desire of his administration to build sustainable and affordable housing projects across the metropolis leveraging on raw talent from within the space, promoting local content in the built sector in order to bridge the over 15,000 skill gaps in the sector.
Speaking yesterday at the graduation and presentation of certificates, and working tools to 200 trained master craftsmen, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Ajigbotafe Akinyemi, said the government is committed to not only growing the capacity of artisans but also networking them to potential markets and making them the first priority for housing projects across the state.
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Also present at the graduation were the state Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai; Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Barakat Odunuga-Bakare, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Abdulafiz Toriola, among other top government functionaries.
The craftsmen underwent six weeks of intensive training in a Master Craftsman Programme, the first of its kind in Nigeria according to the governor.