The Federal Government has declared its intention to train 370, 000 artisan in order to build entrepreneurial skills that can help with the skill acquisition and development.

Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, disclosed this last week.

He said, “The Federal Government has plans to train 370,000 artisans this year…It has already been decided. We have had a fruitful discussion on it with the Vice President and relevant ministers and we are looking forward to working with the C-STEmp to achieve the goal,” Imoukhuede stated.

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Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing reiterated the Federal Government’s promise to act promptly to address shortage of skilled Nigerian artisans.

According to Fashola, the training would be of benefit to the ministry since it already has vocational training centres for artisans and craftsmen in Yaba and Onikan in Lagos state and Ikeduru in Imo state.

This type of programme will equip and empower individuals with little formal education, as they can now me a master in crafts that can help them become relevant.