By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has acknowledged the importance of artisans in nation building, just as she stressed the need for the society and government to encourage them to improve their working condition.
According to the First Lady, if artisans were encouraged and receive government support they would be able to compete favourably with their counterparts in the developed economy
Mrs. Abiodun said this while hosting members of the Artisans’ Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, at the MTR Hall, GRA, Ibara, Abeokuta.
She promised to champion their course by ensuring that their requests were considered by the present administration, in order for the Association to further contribute to the economy of the State
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Anthony Olugbenga, listed some of the association’s requests to include; training and retraining of members, the launch of artisans’ portal to provide needed professional data base that can handle services within the State and beyond, among others.
He appreciated the First Lady’s contributions to the welfare of groups and individuals in the State, noting that she was the only First Lady to host and support the artisan’s association in the State.
Mr. Olugbenga pledged their continued support for the present administration and the State in general.
Similarly in another occasions, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa has called on artisans in the State to organize themselves into groups that would encourage exhibition of their handcraft s in order to strengthen their businesses.
Professor Odemuyiwa made this remark during a courtesy visit to his office by Ifo Technicians Association Incorporated, saying ‘Artisans’ fair’ would show the uniqueness and quality artisanal products that abound to the world.
Prof. Odemuyiwa noted that craftworks, which maybe functional or decorative such as; furniture, car spraying, ceramic, jewelry, leather, household items and tools, could be exhibited, adding that the present administration was committed to improving craftsmanship through training to enable them use modern technology.
In her remark, the Director, Technical and Vocational Training, Mrs. Oluwatosin Oloko, admonished the Artisans to work together towards achieving set goals.
Responding, the Association’s President, Mr. Samuel Oyewole, appealed to the State Government to assist its members through formal education on technical and vocational training, promising that such effort would not be in vain.