Costain Decries Dearth Of Artisans In Construction Industry

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Mr Orikolade Karim, the Managing Director of Costain West Africa Plc, on Friday in Lagos expressed concern over the dearth of artisans in the construction industry.

Karim, who made the remark at a media briefing, said that a lack of credit had also prevented the private sector from financing construction jobs.

“These have indirectly affected the construction industry and the development is a big minus to the sector,’’ he said.

He said that the company had established schools to train its workers to ensure steady flow of personnel and quality job delivery to its customers.

“The poor quality of artisans should not be left in the hands of the government alone. If we don’t take up the challenge today, nobody will do it for the industry,’’ he said.

Karim said that the local content policy should be properly implemented because foreign firms still enjoyed high patronage.

He added that Costain West Africa had invested heavily in cutting edge technology to remain competitive in the industry.

Karim said that the company had remained in business because it had been in the industry enough to have a deep knowledge of civil engineering construction.

He listed some of the company’s major jobs to include the rehabilitation of Jebba-Kano rail line and APM Concession Phase 1, Apapa.

Others are the Tamburawa Water treatment plant, Kano, and the Chevron Housing Estate, Lagos, among others

Karim said that as part of efforts to reposition the company, the management intended to establish offices in some West African countries.