Worried by the shortage of skilled Nigerian workers in the construction sector of the economy, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministries of Works and Lands, Housing and Urban Development to prepare and present for approval and implementation, a plan of action for the speedy revitalisation and expansion of the nation’s vocational training centres.
Buhari’s call to action on Friday as he hosted the Board of Directors of Julius Berger followed an observation by the visitors that construction companies bring in skilled workers from abroad because of a shortage of competent construction workers and artisans in the country.
The president who campaigned this year on a plank of solving the high unemployment challenge in the nation said that he would move quickly to address the shortage of skilled construction workers in the country.
The President who demanded a report on the current status of existing vocational training centres established by the Federal Government, said that his administration will take all necessary action to rapidly reposition them as efficient producers of skilled workers for Nigeria’s building and construction industry.
Buhari also promised to revamp, staff and equip the Building Craft Training School and Skill Improvement Centre in Lagos to produce more skilled electricians, brick and block layers, carpenters, painters, welders, fabricators, plumbers and other artisans.
He also assured the Julius Berger Directors led by Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu that in spite of present funding challenges, the Federal Government will continue to do everything possible to settle genuine outstanding payments due to contractors.