Written by Godfrey AKON

ITF equips over 200,000 with skills

The Industrial Training Fund, ITF, says it has equipped over 200,000 Nigerians with relevant skills through its National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP.

Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, stated this at the graduation of 11,000 young Nigerians from the NISDP scheme in Abuja, on Monday.

Ari said the scheme was one of the numerous skills acquisition intervention programmes introduced by the Fund to facilitate the Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation.

“It focuses on skills acquisition intervention to create jobs to stem rampant unemployment and breed a new generation of entrepreneurs, in order to transform the economic landscape of the country.

“Since its inception, NISDP has equipped over 200,000 Nigerians nationwide and 18,000 from the FCT with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.

“11,000 Nigerians were equipped with skills in nine trades, namely; leader works,  welding and fabrication, catering and event management, tiling, production and laying of interlock tiles, furniture making, domestic wiring and electrical installation , solar energy installation, plumbing and pipefitting and ‘autogelle’ and beauty care,” he said.

In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, said to effectively tackle poverty and unemployment, Nigeria needs equip its citizens with requisite skills for increased production.

“Of course, a direct effect of skilled population, especially among the youths would translate to drastic reduction in social vices such as drug abuse, kidnapping, banditry, among others.”

Meanwhile, 316 young Nigerians graduated from ITF’s Model Skills Training Centre, MSTC, on Thursday, and awarded with National Innovative Diploma, NID, and the National Vocational Certificate, NVC.

Director General of ITF, Ari, who expressed delight that with the combined convocation of graduates, the Fund finally achieved what it set out to do in 2008 when the idea of MSTC was conceived, said skills acquisition remains the most viable solution to fight unemployment and poverty.

“The Fund entered into a technical collaboration with the Institute of Technical Educational Services (ITEES) of Singapore leading to the establishment of the MSTC, which graduation we are witnessing today.

“Initially restricted to the award of National Institute of Technical Certificate, which was issued by ITEES Singapore, on assumption of office of the incumbent management of the Fund, the MSTC In 2016 sought and got the accreditation to run the National Innovation Diploma, NID, and National Vocational Certificate, NVC,” he said.

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