Mr Ayegbe Isaac, the President of the Association of Trading, Craftsmen, Ekiti State chapter, on Wednesday commented on how the low patronage from the government has proved to be one of the major challenges confronting the association.
Isaac said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. According to him;
“government present patronage of our products is still very low in spite of the cordial relationship that exists between the association and the government.’’
Isaac who is a member of the Board for Technical and Vocational Education in Ekiti State, said that the association is in the dire need of adequate patronage from the government to improve skills, productivity and members’ income. He decried the situation whereby government offices were dominated by imported furniture products at the detriment of locally produced items.
He also expressed the need for adequate resources to be channeled toward evolving policies that would encourage artisans and craftsmen to improve on their skills in aligning with modern and international standard. He said;
“Most of this imported furniture can be produced locally by our members. What we need most is motivation and encouragement from the government through adequate patronage and incentive that will serve as a morale booster for our members.”
“We are very happy with the level of relationship and recognition accorded the association by the present administration led by Gov. Kayode Fayemi but we still ask for their patronage.”
“It has been a source of inspiration for both the leaders and members for being carried along in the affairs of the state, especially as it affects traders and craftsmen.”
“But like Oliver Twist, we are calling for more patronage for our locally produced items to improve our member’s production capacity and income,”
“We have been encouraging our members to visit the site when it gets to our turn to register to be one of the beneficiaries.”
“We are very optimistic that such intervention from the government will go a long way to douse the tension created by the various measures toward curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic.”