International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education
Subscribe to IJVTE
Full Name*
Email Address*

Article Number - 339F22E48379


Vol.6(4), pp. 36-42 , November 2014
DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE2014.0157




Full Length Research Paper

Building craftsmanship skill development and Nigeria’s vision 20:2020: Imperatives and daunting challenges



Peter O. Adewale
  • Peter O. Adewale
  • Department of Architectural Technology, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria.
  • Google Scholar
Ahmid B. Siyanbola
  • Ahmid B. Siyanbola
  • Department of Architecture, Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Google Scholar
Sherifat O. Siyanbola
  • Sherifat O. Siyanbola
  • Department of Architecture, Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Google Scholar







 Received: 07 July 2014  Accepted: 24 October 2014  Published: 30 November 2014

Copyright © 2014 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Nigeria’s commitment to improving the living standard of its citizens has led to the introduction of a long-term economic programme tagged Vision 20:2020. The vision consists of a set of objectives and programmes designed to launch the nation into the league of the 20 most developed economies of the world by the year 2020. A large quantum of professionals and skilled workers, especially in the building sector has been identified by several studies as critical for this aim to be realized. The current statistics which shows abysmally low number of craftsmen in the sector, however, calls for a review of existing mechanism put in place to provide the required skills. It is against this background this paper seeks to examine the current skill development efforts vis-a-vis the desired situations with a view to determining their capability to deliver the expected result. Data were sourced through literature search, institutional records and structured questionnaire administered on 500 randomly selected master craftsmen in Ibadan. Results show decline in the number of building apprentices and low enrolment of students in building related skills at the technical colleges and vocational centres of Nigerian tertiary institutions. The paper holds that for the nation to achieve its vision, drastic measures needed to be put in place. It concludes by highlighting some of these strategies.

Key words: Apprentice, building, craftsmen, technical education, technical and vocational skills.

 

Adane MM, Gelaye KA, Sharm HR, Yalew WW (2013). 'Occupational Injuries among Building Construction Workers in Ginder City, Ethiopia', Occupation Med. Health Aff. 1:125
 
Agbola SB, Adegoke O (2006). 'Housing Sector Reforms and Sustainable Development in Nigeria', Environ-Link 1(1):1-13.
 
Akindoyeni A (2005). 'Nigerian Building Craftsmen: Which Way Forward?' Paper presented at Nigerian Institute of Builders Craftsmen's Summit Held at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, 7 July.
 
Akinsemoyin K, Vaughn-Richards A (1977). Building Lagos, Lagos: Pengrail Ltd.
 
Ayedun CA, Durodola OD, Akinjare OA (2012). 'An Empirical Ascertainment of the Causes of Building Failure and Collapse in Nigeria', Mediterr. J. Soc. Sci. 3(1):313-322.
 
Daniel JG (2009). A Prologue to Tai Solarin University of Education Growth and Development edited by Oyesiku, K., Ogunsaju, S. & Olusanya, J., Ijagun: Tai Solarin University of Education Press.
 
Enuku UE, Mgbor MO (2008). 'Directorate of Employment's Open Apprenticeship Scheme in Nigeria: New Wine in Old Wineskin', Educ. Train. J. 47(4):5325-5336.
 
Gasper OA (2011). 'Entrepreneurial Polytechnic: A Catalyst for Nigeria's Attainment of Vision 20:2020', Convocation Lecture delivered at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti on 12th October.
 
Gumbari J (2009). 'The Importance of Skills Acquisition: Challenge to Nigerians', Legislative Digest 1(2):62.
 
Hunter CM (2011). 'Top Six Construction Hazards: Safety and Risk Management', Available from: View Retrieved on 20-05-2014
 
International Labour Organisation (ILO, 2014): Safety and Health at Work, International Labour Organization, Geneva.
 
Iroegbu O (2007). '2020 Nigeria Needs 720,000 Houses Yearly', The Nation, Tuesday, November 6:21.
 
Kennyl C (2007). 'Construction, Corruption and Developing Countries', World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 421.
 
Kim J-J (1998). Sustainable Architecture Module: Introduction to Sustainable Design, Ann Arbor: National Prevention Centre for Higher Education. View
 
National Board for Technical Education (2013). FEC Approves Six-level NVQF for the Country, NBTE Biweekly Bulletin, April-May, pp.1
 
Nigerian Institute of Architects (2010). 'March 2010 Examinations Results', Architects Newsbits, July-August, pp.6.
 
Njoku J (2007). 'Nigeria: Dearth of Craftsmen- Impact of Organized Skills Acquisition Training', Vanguard, September 10:23.
 
Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, NBRRI (2012). 'Communiqué on National Technical Workshop on Building Collapse in Nigeria' Held at Ladi-Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, 15th-16th May.
 
Nwanoruo CC (2004). 'Towards the Improvement of Informal Apprenticeship Scheme for Self-reliance in Nigeria', J. Technol. Educ. Nig. 9(1):65-70.
 
Ogunseye T (2012). 'Meltdown and Workers Burden', The Punch, Wednesday, June 24, pp. 24
 
Olagunju RE, Aremu SC, Ogundele J (2013). 'Incessant of Collapse of Buildings in Nigeria: An Architect's View', Civ. Environ. Res. 3(4):49-54.
 
Oloyede SA, Omoogun CB, Akinjare OA (2010). 'Tackling Causes of Frequent Building Collapse in Nigeria', J. Sustain. Dev. 3(3):127-132.
Crossref
 
Oni OA (2010). 'Analysis of Incidences of Collapsed Buildings in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria', Int. J. Strategic Property Manage. 14:332-346.
Crossref
 
Onipede IM (2012). 'Effective Maintenance of Engineering Systems: A way Out of National Wastes and Poverty Trap', 11th Prof. E.K. Obiakor Lecture Series, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.
 
Osasona CO (2005). Ornamentation in Yoruba Architecture: A Catalogue of Architectural Features, Ornamental Motifs and Techniques, Ibadan: Bookbuilders.
 
Osasona CO, Hyland ADC (2006). Colonial Architecture in Ile-Ife, Ibadan: Book builders.
 
Parsons DJ (1979). 'The Building Industry', in Synder, J.C. and Catanese, A.J. (eds.) Introduction to Architecture, New York: McGraw-Hill Inc., pp.75-97.
 
Toluhi JO (2008). Failures, Safety Measures and Risks in Construction. Paper presented at the Nigerian Institute of Architects' Professional Practice Examination Held at N.I.A. National Secretariat, Abuja on 9 September.
 
UNICEF (2013). 'The State of the World's Children Report', Available from: View. Accessed on 18-08-2013.
 
Weeks JL (2011). 'Health and Safety Hazards in the Construction Industry', in: Health, Prevention and Management', Ringen, K.N., Seegal J.L. & Weeks, J.L. (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, International Labour organisation, Geneva.
 
World Health Organisation (WHO, 2006). The World Health Report 2006- Working Together for Health, Geneva, 2006.
 
Wong TW (1994). 'Occupational Injuries among Construction Workers in Hong Kong', Occupat. Med. 44(5):247-252.
Crossref

 

 


APA Adewale, P. O., Siyanbola, A. B., & Siyanbola, S. O. (2014). Building craftsmanship skill development and Nigeria’s vision 20:2020: Imperatives and daunting challenges. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 6(4), 36-42.
Chicago Peter O. Adewale, Ahmid B. Siyanbola and Sherifat O. Siyanbola. "Building craftsmanship skill development and Nigeria’s vision 20:2020: Imperatives and daunting challenges." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 6, no. 4 (2014): 36-42.
MLA Peter O. Adewale, Ahmid B. Siyanbola and Sherifat O. Siyanbola. "Building craftsmanship skill development and Nigeria’s vision 20:2020: Imperatives and daunting challenges." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 6.4 (2014): 36-42.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJVTE2014.0157
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJVTE/article-abstract/339F22E48379

Subscription Form