The Ogun State Government has charged artisans to organise themselves into groups and promote their handcrafts through fairs and exhibitions.
This charge was given by Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Special Adviser on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, when the leadership of Ifo Technicians Association Incorporated, paid him a courtesy visit to his office.
Prof Odemuyiwa harped on the need for Artisans to organise themselves into groups that would encourage exhibition of their handcrafts, in order to strengthen their business activities, and support the State in maximising its potential for economic growth.
According to Odemuyiwa, craft works, which may be functional or decorative such as; furniture, car spraying, ceramic, jewelry, leather, household items and tools, could be promoted through exhibitions.
The special adviser added that the present administration was committed to improving craftsmanship through training to enable them use modern technology.
The Director, Technical and Vocational Training, Mrs. Oluwatosin Oloko, who remarked, admonished the artisans to work together towards achieving set goals.
In his response, the Association’s President, Mr. Samuel Oyewole, appealed to the State Government to assist its members through formal education on technical and vocational training, assuring that such effort would not be in vain.