The Nigerian Institute of Building (NOIB), North Central Zone, in association with SURE-P has organized the first up-skilling training workshop for artisans/craftsmen in the zone. North Central Zone will produce 240 attendees at the seminar that will last for five days. NIOB is the body that regulates the activities of all builders in the country, while SURE-P is a government agency established at the wake of partial subsidy removal from petroleum products, with the objective to reinvest parts of the subsidy in developing the economy.
Delivering his welcome address at the occasion, the immediate past chairman of NIOB, Abuja Chapter, Builder Musa Yakubu, revealed that the program is “aimed at sharpening, empowering, and up-skilling the knowledge of artisans and craftsmen in the construction industry in Nigeria. He was full of joy that Abuja was given the opportunity to host the seven states and Abuja, which make the North Central Zone, and that it was happening under his tenure as the chairman of NIOB, Abuja Chapter.
The zonal coordinator of the program in North Central, Bldr. D. D. Jambol, in his address at the occasion, “it is common knowledge that there is a dearth of skilled and competent building artisans and craftsmen in this country to the extent that when such are needed, they are sourced for/gotten from our neighboring countries of Senegal, Ghana or even Cote de Voire (Ivory Coast)”. This according to him was caused by the subsequent collapse of the nation’s Technical/Vocational Training centres and ill-equipped Polytechnics. He posited that NIOB is encouraging her members and other firms in the building construction industry to specifically establish artisan and craftsmen departments/units to partner in training such from apprenticeship level to various other grades of membership through up-skilling so that they could be qualified to register with NIOB Artisan and Craftsmen Membership grades and subsequent licensing with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON).
The opening ceremony attracted many dignitaries from the building and construction industries among whom are; Builder Solomon Ogunbusola, the President of Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI); Prof. Slim D. Matawal, MD/CEO, NIBBRI; Bldr. Ken Nduka, Chairman Artisan and Craftsmen Comm.; Bldr. Tunde Lasabi and many others.