For Pa Fawole Johnson Alade, there is no age too old to learn. The 76-year-old concrete and block craftsman from Ig­bogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) makes the list of graduands churned out by the Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, in its up-skill program me for tradesmen and artisans in informal sector.

No fewer than 2,000 arti­sans from all traditional divi­sions of Lagos had their skills modernised and upgraded in the eight-week intensive train­ing organised by Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employ­ment.

Governor Babajide San­wo-Olu, at the graduation cere­mony held at LTV Blue Roof in Agidingbi, empowered all the trainees with technological tools and equipment to facili­tate their transition into mod­ern practice in their respective vocations.

The event also commemo­rated the annual Tradesmen and Artisans’ Day.

The trainees were nominat­ed for the capacity building pro­gramme by Lagos State Coun­cil of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), the umbrella body for all traders’ associations in the State.

Sanwo-Olu said the govern­ment embarked on the up-skill­ing and trade enhancement programme for the artisans, given the contributions of the informal sector to the State’s economic growth.

The Governor said the train­ing was to equip the partici­pants with contemporary skills set and tools to make them in tune with changing dynamics in their chosen vocations.

He said: “Our administra­tion places premium on par­ticipatory governance, just as we strongly believe Govern­ment and private sector must work together to transform the State’s economy. It is not in doubt that technology and innovation are the bedrock of economic development.

“The transition from the agricultural age to the Industrial to the Digital Age has been underlined by waves of innovation that emerge to disrupt an established order and replace it with a new way of doing things.

Ayomide Oyewole

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