Akwa Ibom: NDE embarks on registration of artisans in 31 LGAs 

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has embarked on the registration of artisans across the 31 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State.

Mr. Obegolu Obiora, the State Coordinator of NDE disclosed this to newsmen while on a tour to the mechanic village to sensitise artisans on the ongoing registrations on Friday in Uyo.

Addressing the artisans, Obiora said that the registration had already commenced and that they should get involved by visiting the agency’s liaison offices in the respective local government areas.

He noted that the “purpose of the registration was to avail  federal government the opportunity to have the complete Database of all artisans across the country to ensure proper planning for intervention for the informal sector.”

The State Coordinator noted that the registration was free and that the requirements include: National Identification Number (NIN) and other personal details like age, ward, LGA, educational qualifications, email address, and residential address.

Responding on behalf of the artisans, Mr Umoh Paul, the State Chairman of the Guild of Automobile and Allied Technicians of Nigeria (GAATN) commended the federal government’s resolve to establish a complete database of artisans in the country.

He stressed that certain economic policies like the recent removal of fuel subsidies affect artisans the most, especially the technician and automobile Sub-sector, urging the government to critically look into the sector to ensure both social, financial, and legal protection of the artisans.

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