‘Nigeria spends N9bn on for­eign ar­ti­sans an­nu­ally’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

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.

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