Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has promised that more funds will be disbursed to artisans in the state to boost their businesses.
The governor also assured that his administration will continue to create an enabling ambience for Artisans in the state.
Akeredolu spoke on Tuesday, during the 2019 Artisans’ Day Celebration, held at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park, Akure, the state capital.
The Governor said, apart from the money that has been injected into the micro-credit loan scheme for the Artisans in the state, another set of fund will soon be set aside for the Artisans to access.
A Statement signed by Olabode Richard Olatunde, Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) quotes the governor to have said his administration is continually providing good roads and more infrastructure, with all logistics needed to engender increase in productivity.
He said the pivotal roles of artisans to the economic activities of the State requires that government gives them maximum support in order to generate massive employment and boost income for the State.
Akeredolu said, ”It is obvious that this sector has demonstrated its unalloyed support for our government and I can assure you that we shall continue to create an enabling ambience for the sector to thrive in our dear State.”
The governor explained that the celebration has become necessary to sustain the premise that human capital is a critical catalyst for economic emancipation of nations and prosperity of the people.
“It is my belief that artisans occupy a sizeable proportion of the total human capital resource in the State. As a matter of fact, they occupy a large portion of the total active population in our State.
“As it is now, the festival, which is an annual event, is being channelled to drive and enhance the capacity of our youths for productivity in order to create wealth.
”Ondo State has the potential to become a key player in the economy of the nation by virtue of its human capital and natural endowment. To achieve this, it is imperative and urgent to re-engineer the economy and place it on a trajectory of sustained economic growth.
“Our administration understands the fact that sustainable development can be accomplished through robust partnership with artisans. Therefore, our focus is to ensure rapid growth, development and sustainability of our economy,” Akeredolu stressed.