Professional artisans in Kwara have called on the State Government to persuade contractors currently executing state government-owned projects across the state to patronise them so as to further improve their well-being.
Mr Joseph Olu-Akintayo, the President of the group, in the state made this plea in llorin on Monday in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin
Olu-Akintayo appreciated the foresight of Gov. AbdilRahman AbdulRasaq for embarking on various projects across the 16 local government in the state, which would further improve on the lives of the citizens.
He, however, said that the contractors handling the projects were not patronising the more than 10,000 indigenous artisans spread across the state.
The chief artisan said the patronage of the local artisans by the contractors was one of the ways the artisans could regain economic losses encountered during the lockdown occassined by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Olu-Akintayo called on the AbdulRasaq and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, to intercede on behalf of the artisans in the state for patronage from the contractors.
“In the maiden speech of the state governor, he promised to make use of indigenous contractors on projects execution, but none of the contractors currently executing projects complied with this,” he said.
“We are calling on the state government to please assist us in encouraging these contractors to make use of us in the execution of various projects,” he urged.
According to him, professional artisans in the state are capable of executing any job with high level of prefessionalism and integrity.
It would be recalled that the Speaker (Danladi) on June 23, while leading some lawmakers on oversight functions to ongoing state government projects, advised the contractors to make use of indigenous contractors.