By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Over 300 graduates of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF’s) National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) in Plateau State on received start up packs.
The agency said the NISDP is one of its numerous skills acquisition intervention programmes introduced and implemented to facilitate the achievement of Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation.
The Director General of ITF Sir Joseph Ari, disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of NISDP, held in Jos, the State Capital.
Ari said, “The NISDP focuses on skills acquisition 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, the NISDP has equipped over 200, 000 Nigerians nationwide and 350 with skills for employability and entrepreneurship in Plateau State.
According to him, “This phase of the programme, which closing ceremony is taking place today, commenced in the last quarter of 2019.
“The training lasted between 3 and 6 months, depending on the trade. In all, over 11, 000 Nigerians were equipped with skills in 9 trades namely, leather works (shoe and bag making), welding and fabrication, catering and event management, tiling production and laying of interlock tiles, furniture making, domestic electrical wiring and installation, solar energy installation, plumbing and pipefitting, and autogelle and beauty care.
He urged the beneficiaries, who received the start up packs to resolve to utilise the opportunity provided by the training.