Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to create an enabling environment for the artisans to thrive in the state.
Akeredolu said the ultimate goal of his administration is to support the generation of significant number of vocational jobs for the teeming youths in the state.
The Governor spoke on Thursday at the 2019 Artisans’ Day Celebration at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park, Akure, the state capital. The event was attended by the Deputy governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi , Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters, Mr. Alaba Isijola and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and documentation, Mr. Kunle Adebayo.
According to the Governor, a sum of N50 Million has been given to the artisan group as loans from the state Micro Credit Agency as part of the contributions of his administration to the development of the vocational sector in the state.
Governor Akeredolu who said that power is critical to the activities of the artisans, revealed that his administration is harnessing the efforts of all stakeholders in the sector to ensure that power supply to Akure the State capital and indeed the entire State enjoys significant improvement.
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 in order 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 the State capital and indeed the entire State enjoys significant improvement.
“The sector should not be seen as an area which is meant for illiterates; rather it should be seen as businesses for serious minded skilled people which 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). “
The President General of the state artisan group, Akomolafe Daisi appreciated Governor Akeredolu for the N50 Million set aside for the group as loans.