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Nation Building: An Oleum Academy Case Study

Analysts and pundits have adjudged that artisans constitute a huge portion of Nigeria’s human capital development and contribute greatly to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic product (GDP). Of the 37 million Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria, 36.9m are micro businesses or businesses run by those referred to as artisans. This highlights that artisans are a key engine for development in our country. However, MSMEs are not performing to full potential as a result of low professionalism leading to reduced patronage.

The need for professionalism and expertise among artisans was the core of the discussion at a recent event put together by Global Sight Services Ltd. in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). 

As part of efforts to ensure that customers are guaranteed of safety, security and value for money when patronizing artisans, Global Sights Services Ltd., announced the launch of a new website, an online advertising platform and directory, that is designed to connect all Artisans in Nigeria to the world. The portal will contribute to the professionalism of Artisans because only certified and diligent artisans can advertise on the platform. 

Commenting on the essence of professionalism and competence among artisans, as well as on the need for more artisans to be patronized, Marketing Manager, Lubricant, OVH Energy Marketing Ltd. Mr. Tokunbo Olukunle said that there is a need to invest in human capital through education and enlightenment.
According to Tokunbo, the government needs to provide a platform for micro businesses to thrive, however, the government cannot do it alone. There is a need for private organizations to support the government in creating an enabling environment for artisans. 

The Company is proud to have invested in artisans for the past four years through its Oleum Academy where over 1,200 mechanics have been trained and more than 5,000 have received onsite trainings. Through this initiative, OVH Energy has helped grow more professional auto-technicians and have equipped them with the tools required for proper automobile repair and diagnostics. This has contributed tremendously to closing the gap in automobile repair and the creation of jobs. 
OVH Energy strongly advocates for professionalism among artisans. The Company encourages other corporate bodies to take initiative to build the MSMEs; identify problems and fix them.

L-R: Mr. D.A. Fisher, Representative, Director General of SMEDAN; Madam Helen Adeshina, Representative, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Cooperatives, Mr. Tokunboh Olukunle, Marketing Manager Lubricant, OVH Energy Marketing Ltd; and, Mr. Dayo Bello, Managing Director, Global Sight Services Ltd, during the launch of the Naija Quick Fix Platform for Artisans at NECA House, Lagos on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

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