Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has enjoined youths in Ondo state to learn vocational skills rather than looking for elusive white collar jobs to be self reliant.
The governor who made the disclosure at this year’s Artisans Day Celebration in Akure said Artisans should be seen as business for serious minded skilled people capable of creating massive employment and income generation for the State.
Akeredolu noted that in other parts of the world, artisans were a major source of employers of Labour, and were expected to contribute a high percentage to the Gross Domestic Products (GDPs).
The governor who stressed that he will strive to collaborate with all stakeholders to emplace and implement programmes that will boost the productivity of artisans across the state enjoined them to step up their skills in order to be able to compete favorably in the global space.
He stated unequivocally that he will continue to create an enabling environment for the sector to thrive in the state and for every individual to engage in lawful business without hindrance.
Earlier, President General, Ondo State Artisans’ Group, Komolafe Daisi, while maintaining that they understood the importance of artisans in nation building and economic growth explained that the group constituted a significant number of the electorate in the state, that made them indispensable in the socio-political economic programmes of the state.
Daisi further expressed hope that the governor would endorse the request for 100 million naira soft loan to the 18 Local Government chapters as contained in a letter earlier submitted.
He promised on behalf of the artisans in the state to reciprocate the gesture by paying back this loan within a span of three years as stipulated by the State Micro Credit Agency.