By Ugo Aliogo
As part of efforts to continue to develop skills in the building and construction industry, Lafarge Africa Plc in partnership with the Rotary club of Lagos Island has completed the training of the first batch of 17 artisans in Lagos. The artisans were trained in cement application and construction.Â The 5 day training was quite intensive, imparting theory and practical skills in masonry and concrete works. There was a strong emphasis on health and safety in construction.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Lagos the Bar Beach Director of Marketing Mr. Vipul Agrawal, said Lafarge Africa Plc has an extensive knowledge transfer programme as part of its efforts to promote safe sustainable quality construction in Nigeria.
Agrawal explained that that a lot of artisans employed in the construction industry lacked the requisite training, which in turn adversely affects the quality of buildings being constructed.
â€œLafarge Africa Plc feels a sense of duty to help bridge this knowledge gap by providing relevant training wherever possible. As a key stakeholder in the built environment and leading supplier of building materials, we see it critical to our business to ensure artisans construct properly,â€ he noted.
In his remarks, the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Lagos Island, Vinod Garg, said Rotary was proud to partner with Lafarge Africa in delivering value to a crucial segment of the society often ignored. He said the acquisition of building skills would make the artisans more employable. Garg noted the Club would leverage on its network for the possible employment of the artisans.