UNIDO, ASVAN organise management skills for artisans

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• Targets over 1,000 in each state
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Association of Skilled and Vocational Artisans of Nigeria (ASVAN) have commenced a training programme to enhance the business and management skills for artisans in the country.

Packaged by HP LIFE and ASVAN, the training would hold in 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, artisans in Ore, Owo, Ondo and Akure in Ondo State have already benefitted from the programme.

UNIDO trainer, David Garba, who disclosed this to journalists, commended the initiative of HP LIFE in partnership with his organisation and ASVAN to promote skills acquisition among Nigerians.

He said the collaboration would help in training of over 1000 artisans in each states of the federation, adding, “ASVAN and UNIDO will form a strong partnership to build sustainable development in the next few years to come.

He noted that UNIDO has a mandate, which would shape infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster development in Nigeria.

“One good thing about life is to teach people how to fish and not to give them fish and ASVAN needs more support from states and the Federal Government in securing the future of artisans in the country.

Garba, therefore, charged stakeholders, government and relevant authorities to assist artisans by giving them incentives, as well as provide a friendly operating environment for them.

Responding, National President of ASVAN, Everest Smart Obijuru, said they are aim at helping artisans improve on their entrepreneurial skills, adding that the training would move to Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Enugu states.

He said ASVAN has mapped out modalities in training the artisans within a short period of time and that it would cover the entire country within a short time.



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