Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC), has reiterated its commitment to grow the State’s economy through continuous vocational internship training and exposing artisans to modern trends in building and construction sector. The Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Babajide Odusolu, who disclosed this in an interview while on site inspection tour of borderline projects of the agency said, training and developing artisans as well as the use of local materials, were core policies of OPIC to grow the State’s economy.
Odusolu added that his organisation was impressed with the production lines and supply chains of the State based industries, saying, their products were top quality and of international standard.
He declared that his organisation was working in accordance with Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s mission of providing affordable housing and patronage of local manufacturers of goods and services, saying, 75 to 85 percent of building materials used by the Corporation for construction of all its housing units were sourced locally.
Odusolu noted that every project embarked upon by the State Government, was to empower the people and industries towards achieving wealth re-distribution, saying, the vocational internship training was being widened to accommodate more State-based artisans, capable of utilising top quality building materials of the local industries, thus, retaining the cash flow in the home economy.
The Managing Director, Sammick Design and Construction Limited, Mr. Sokenu Hakeem, in his reaction, appreciated OPIC project team for ensuring that things were done according to building regulations, and for the opportunity given to local artisans to update their skills.
Director, Glitterati Ltd., Architect Biodun Sofowora, on his part said, ‘’developments like this, will always have multiplier effects that keeps spreading. In fact, it is not only the contractors that will benefit. We have worked with over 5,000 artisans on a government projects in Abeokuta. The blocks, plumbing, electrical, welding and other crafts were all done by local artisans, mostly from Ogun State”.
One of the artisans, who benefitted from the OPIC vocational designs, Mr. Felix Oluwafemi Akerele, in an interview, expressed gratitude to the Corporation, saying, “we will definitely not mind working with OPIC or any government agency. We are all happy, not only the artisans, but food vendors and traders who are happy to go home with money on daily basis.’’