The intervention of Ogun State Government, under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun in the education sector, at renovating public primary and secondary schools across the 236 wards of the State has been described as a veritable tool for providing job opportunities and creating wealth for artisans.
Cross-section of artisans who spoke with newsmen at United Primary School, Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of the State, which is currently undergoing renovation, noted that the job opportunity had improved their socio-economic status.
According to the Head of the Carpentry unit, Mr. Solomon Adeoye, prior to the commencement of the school project, the high rate of unemployment in the area had become very disturbing, lauding government for patronizing local artisans, which he said had helped improve their standard of living.
Also speaking, a plank seller, Mr. Oluwatosin Salako, who appreciated the gesture of the State government, said their socio-economic lives had greatly improved since the commencement of the project in the area, pointing that the planks used for the projects were bought from local sellers, who were members of the Plank Sellers’ Association in the State.
In a related development, a community leader in Yewa North Local Government, Mr. Mathew Adeyemi, said the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has mandated them to patronise indigenous artisans in the 236 wards of the State for the ongoing projects.
Adeyemi, noted that the projects were in two batches, as the first batch comprised of construction and renovation of six blocks of classrooms in different schools within the local government, including; United Primary School, Ayetoro, St. Peters Primary School, Joga-Orile and Christ Church Primary School, Imasai.
Others are Yewa North Local Government Primary School, Igbo Aje, Yewa North Local Government Primary School, Oja-Odan and Baptist Primary School, Igbogila.