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FG, NAEC induct 334 artisans into craftsmanship cadre

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FEDERAL government,  in collaboration with Nigeria Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC) elevated and inducted a total of 334 artisans to the level of qualified craftsmen.

  Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who inducted the 334 persons in Abuja, said the move would curb quackery in the engineering and building construction sectors.

  Disclosing that federal government recently approved the Public Building Maintenance Policy to create opportunities for artisans in the built environment, by inducting the artisans as craftsmen, their performances were expected to be enhanced, Fashola, who was represented by the Director of Engineering Services, FMWH, Julius Olunuola, said government was doing everything to lift tradesmen.

  “It is therefore my honour and pleasure to induct the 334 artisans into the craftsmanship cadre. I do believe that you will live up to the expectations of your new designation by ensuring quality job delivery that will create the desired impact nationwide. This is especially in ensuring value for money in engineering projects and adherence to professionalism in order to reduce quackery and corrupt practices in engineering works,” he said.

  Those inducted among the 334 artisans were members of Builders Construction and Skilled Artisan Association of Nigeria.

  But on his part, National President of NAEC, Tanko Gyang said the induction of qualified craftsmen would  curb the influx of foreign artisans into Nigeria.

  According to Gyang, the association would continue to train and retrain indigenous artisans to become qualified craftsmen, adding that this would help in reducing capital flight in the construction sector.

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