From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has embarked on the training of over 150, 000 Nigerians since the assumption of the current management.
As part of its six year “Strategies for Mandate Actualization”, it was also able to train 60, 000 Nigerians from 2, 300 organizations, just two years into its implementations.
This was disclosed by the Director General of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari,
during an interface with journalists in Jos the Plateau State Capital.
According to him, 50, 000 youths and other vulnerable groups were equipped with skills through several programmes which include the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP); the Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP); Training on Wheels and the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) among others.
Ari expressed the organization’s readiness to deepen its skill acquisition programme so that the nation can begin to export skills to other countries as soon as possible.
He said from 2050 the Nigeria’s population is said to rise to 500 million and that if such population is skilled, the nation will undoubtedly be exporting overwhelming skills to the rest of the world.
According to him, in a study carried out by Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the findings revealed that lots of jobs are still available, but many Nigerians lack the skills to match the jobs, adding that the education system has not helped the matter in the sense that emphasis has always been on certification rather than acquisition of the necessary skills.
The DG decried the situation where Nigerians are waiting for government jobs which are hardly available, saying that the richest men in the world, Africa and Nigeria today never worked for the government.
ITF, he said, has also boosted Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMSE) in several ways and has entered into partnership with over 40 corporations in order to boost the sector.
Ari enjoined all and sundry to join hands with ITF to develop the skills of citezenry, saying that it is the only way the people will be self reliant and the nation’s economy will grow.