‘Nigeria spends N9bn on foreign artisans annually’
Nigeria spends about N9 billion on foreign artisans and builders’ companies annually, national president, Nigeria Institute of Building, Tunde Lasabi, has said.
Speaking in Kaduna at an event organised to train artisans under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), he said: “There is a report indicating that about N9billion is paid to foreign artisans who come from neighbouring countries; they are the ones taking up our artisans jobs.”
He assured that the institute will not relent in its effort towards making sure that the huge sum of money spent on foreign artisans is spent on local artisans.
Lasabi said the training is a collaborative effort of the Nigerian Institute of Building, the Ministry of Labour and Productivity and the Sure-P programme, adding that it is aimed at ensuring that most artisans and craftsmen are professionally trained.