The Technical Advisor to Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Employment Promotion, Helen Igboka, has urged governments at all levels to create an enabling environment for the informal sector of the economy to thrive.
In a statement, Igboka who said this while speaking at the second edition of the Clickafix webinar series, said the informal sector of the economy was the soul of every economy and governments must pay due attention to the sector if poverty is to be eradicated in Nigeria and Africa at large.
She said there is a need to change the orientation of artisans, who make up the largest percent of the informal sector, to that of entrepreneurship.
According to her, artisans were demeaned as lower class citizens because there is a perception that only the less privileged or dullards go into vocational training.
“There is a lack of capacity by the artisans to present themselves as professionals in offering their services. This, is robbing artisans of their earnings and respect in society while discouraging the younger ones from taking up vocations that suit their skills.”
She said that apps such as Clickafix were creating an enabling environment for artisans to thrive.
“Clickafix is a one-stop shop for tested and trusted artisans such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and technicians for generators, air conditioning, refrigerators, and other home appliances,” she said.
The Assistant Secretary of the Lagos State Association of Professional Plumbers, Mr Taiwo Igbayisanmi, said Clickafix was transforming the entrepreneurship sector with the opportunities being provided for artisans to meet clients they may never have come across.
He said the platform was also changing the perception of the artisans and enhancing respect for their trade because there was mutual respect between the customer reached via Clickafix and the artisans.
Igbayisanmi also said government at all levels must stay committed to training and retraining of artisans to enhance their capacity for professional delivery of service. He also advised artisans to constantly improve themselves through continuous learning and exposure to new technology.