Ekiti state council for Arts and Culture in collaboration with Bureau of Labour , Employment and Productivity  have promised to train young indigenes of the state  in  indigenous  art and craft with a view of  enhancing  creativity, empowerment and reducing  unemployment .
Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre, DG Arts and Culture and Mr Lanre Ogunjobi, DG Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity disclosed this during their visit to the Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Adejuwon Gabriel Ayodele in his palace on Friday.
Isan , the home of the Executive. Governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi is one of the towns in the country with highest number of skillful potters.
 Ojo Lanre said, part of the mantra of the council is to resuscitate and promote  the dying indigenous cottage industries as well as  training the younger ones in the arts to prevent them from going into extinction.
“ We have been to Ogotun Ekiti  where we have mat weavers , today we are in Isan to see the pottery centre and we will go to Ara, Ipoti and other Ekiti communities with creative and indigenous industries  to  reinforce their sustainability and ensure their being embraced by this generation for economic development and posterity”
Mr Lanre Ogunjobi, Director General, Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity said  the Bureau would train and facilitate  soft loan through micro credit agencies  to  encourage women and younger ones in the business.
According to him, “ Part of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s vision  is to uplift the lot of women and young people and one of the ways he wants to achieve this is to put in place  sustainable projects that will reduce employment, empowers  and generate revenue.’
Onisan of Isan Oba Adejuwon Gabriel Ayodele   while responding said ‘ Isan women is endowed with  skillful potters  who  need support for mass production and marketing of products”
The monarch urged the government to rebuild and upgrade the Isan pottery center which was built in 1985 during Late Mariam Babangida’s better life Programme and which the wife of the State Governor ,Erelu Bisi Fayemi was working upon during the first tenure of Dr Kayode Fayemi .


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