BY AYO ILORI
Lagos Government has concluded arrangements to inaugurate a compendium of all registered artisans and Tradesmen operating in the State so as to scale up the informal sector with the overall objective of increasing job opportunities and growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti made this known after a meeting between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans, LASCOTA at the state house in Ikeja.
According to Durosinmi-Etti, the compendium, which would be released during the commemoration of the State Artisan’s week next month was aimed at boosting the profile of the LASCOTA members in line with international best practices and also enable them have access to the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by the present administration.
He said: “Governor Ambode at the meeting with the members of the association, said the setting up of the ETF was part of the inclusive policy of his administration and the Governor was also briefed that the association was collaborating with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to come up with a compendium of artisans whereby you probably be having state registered artisans which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October.
“The compendium will have every artisan having a registration number and can be a sort of reference point for the Employment Trust Fund in assisting artisans to access capital,” Durosimi-Etti said.
The President of LASCOTA, Nurudeen Buhari who commended the Ambode administration for the efforts being made to promote tradesmen and Artisans said the proposed compendium would be highly beneficial to his members.
“We had fruitful deliberation with the Governor and he promised to build up the skill of our members as well as the compendium that will help our members to benefit more from the ETF. Most of our members have benefited already from the ETF loan and they are happy. And with the new compendium, I think more of our members will benefit and we want to thank the Governor for that,” Buhari said.