ITF trains 200, 000 Nigerians nationwide and 18, 000 from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
Youth employment: ITF trains 200, 000 Nigerians
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) through the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) has equipped over 200, 000 Nigerians nationwide and 18, 000 from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
The Director-General and Chief Executive of the Fund, Sir Joseph N. Ari disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Fund Skills Development Programme held at Shehu Musa Ya’Adua Centre in Abuja.
He said the programme is one of the numerous skills acquisition interventions by the Fund to facilitate the achievement of the Federal Government Policy on job and wealth creation.
He noted that unemployment has brought a terrible damage on all facets of our national life, saying it will be difficult to separate rising criminality and harmful social vices that are being perpetrated by Nigerians due to unemployment and poverty.
According to him, the commitment of his Fund to skills acquisition remains the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment and poverty that have continued to defy the best efforts of government and non-governmental approaches.
The Director-General added that despite the tremendous effort made by President Buhari administration to create jobs it has not been enough in view of “the magnitude of the unemployment confronting us” and appealed to state governments and other stakeholders to collaborate with the ITF in order to train more Nigerians in various skill acquisitions.
It could be recalled that the NISDP commenced in the last quarter of 2019 and the training lasted within three to six months, depending on the trades which included leather works (shoe and bag making), welding and fabrications, catering and event management, furniture making, domestic electrical wiring and installations, among others.