The Ogun State Government has made a call for skill upgrading among the artisans to meet up with the new trend of technology across the State.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa made this known during a general meeting held with Association of Skilled and Vocational Artisans of Nigeria (ASVAN), held at Abiola way, Abeokuta.
Odemuyiwa explained that the skill upgrading programme would expose the artisans to modern equipment in order to grow their trades and certified them for State contracts.
The Special Adviser said that education without craftsmanship was not enough for self-substance and self-reliance, while encouraging the undergraduates to engage in skill acquisition programme along side their studies.
In their responses Mr. Isikilu Aroyewun a plumber and Alhaja Alimat Kosoko hairdresser appealed to the State government to engage them in building construction and some other craft works, saying that government should shun the act of bringing in outsiders and foreigners for the works that could be handled by the State artisans.