TECHNICAL CAPABILITY OF ARTISANS IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Technical Capability, building construction, artisasn
The study assessed the technical capability of artisans in the building construction industry in Lagos State with a view to unraveling their technical know-how for sustainable quality building construction in the study area. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 210 artisans in three local government areas. A total of 179 copies of completed questionnaire were retrieved representing a 85.2% return rate. Data obtained were described with the use of frequency counts, percentage and mean, while Multinomial Logistic Regression was used to show the determinants of artisans’ technical capability.
It was found that about 96.4% of the artisans are male and majority of them were trained through apprenticeship. The artisans’ technical capability was adjudged to be high in the area of operational and innovation capabilities but was low in investment and linkages. The results of the multinomial logistic regression showed that effective use of building materials was associated with high technical capability while aesthetic appearance of constructed buildings and ability of the artisans to determine the optimum lot size of building materials used were the significant determinants associated with both low and high technical capability of artisans.