The Millard Fuller Foundation (Fuller) on Monday, 8th April 2019 graduated 36 artisans as part of GIZ’s SKYE Programme effort in promoting needs-based technical and vocational education and training, and youth employment in Nigeria

The 36 artisans being the first batch of 70 were trained in masonry, plumbing, carpentry and electricals.

The event which held at the Grand Luvu 2 Estate Residents’ Hall had in attendance the CEO of Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia, the Executive Director, Funmi Odia, the Project Director of C-Stemp, Anthony Okwa and a representative from the GIZ, Stephen Ajike.

In her opening remark, Funmi Odia congratulated the artisans on the successful completion of the training. While commending them for their patience and perseverance, she urged them to use skills acquired from the training to add value by contributing to the growth and development of the organisation and the country.

Some staff members of Fuller, who participated in the training, shared their experiences stating that it has helped them immensely in carrying out their respective day to day activities as project officers and supervisors.

While speaking on behalf of the artisans, Peter Chuka (tiler), Simon Aondowase (mason), and Adewale Ogunbayo James (carpenter) were full of appreciation for GIZ, the sponsor of the training, for the opportunity given to them, not just to upgrade their skills, but to gain the relevant exposure that will put them above their contemporaries. In the words of Adewale: “I thought I knew so much until I joined this training. The training taught me to plan and organise my work, most especially in the area of health and safety.”

The Project Director of C-Stemp, who was also the training consultant, expressed his joy at seeing the newly-certified artisans and he urged them to constantly seek avenues to upgrade their knowledge and skill. “Knowledge is not static; the world is evolving very fast and we must learn to evolve too. Don’t rest on your oars. Always look for opportunities to upgrade yourselves,” he said.

Sam Odia of Fuller congratulated the artisans, though he said his only regret was not seeing any female artisan among the graduates. He further stated that Fuller is working to establish a training academy and also ensure that the artisans have access to the houses they build through a convenient payment plan.

The event was rounded off with certificates presentation and a symbolic presentation of power hand tools to the graduates.

The GIZ Skills Development for Youth Employment in Nigeria (SKYE) programme is designed to promote needs-based technical and vocational education and training, and youth employment in Nigeria.