Group to honour Lagos artisans, tradesmen
To recognise the contribution of the informal sector of the Lagos economy, a group, StartUp and FinishRich Impact Concept, will, in June, honour artisans and tradesmen in the state.
The award ceremony, according to the group, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), is a special recognition being given to diverse categories of deserving artisans and tradesmen, who have distinguished and carved a niche for themselves in their various areas of specialities.
Scheduled to hold at the Agege Stadium, the group said the award was for veterans, who, throughout the years, were able to create and distribute wealth and whose businesses have stood the test of time.
The group said the awards, tagged ‘Artisans and Tradesmen Recognition Awards (ATRA) 2022’, will also be given to various stakeholders, who have contributed to the upliftment of the informal sector.
“The awards will serve as a form of appreciation for these individuals and organisations operating both in the public and private sectors,” the coordinator of the event, Rabiu Momoh, said, adding the immense contribution of the informal sector could not be underestimated in Lagos State.
“Over the years, artisans and tradesmen have been looked down on and treated with disdain, and this is partly because of their express values, such as lackadaisical attitude, lack of integrity and honesty, failure to keep to time, among others, and they, in turn, have grown to accept this derogatory appellation. This public perception has greatly rubbed off on their personality negatively,” Momoh said.
The group noted that despite the efforts of the Lagos State government in training and retraining interventions for the artisans, technicians and tradesmen and other empowerment programmes targeted at enhancing their productivity and upgrading their skills, the issue of social recognition and the relatively low perception of artisans and tradesmen by the public are still of great concern.