ITF empowers 11,000 youths on skills acquisition programmes
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has empowered over 11,000 Nigerian youths with start-up kits following their graduation from the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) of the Fund.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Abuja, the ITF Director General, Joseph Hari said the phase of the programme which was completed before the 2019 elections has successfully trained over 11,000 Nigerians in various trade areas, including welding and fabrication, plumbing and pip-fitting, tailoring aluminium, tilling, Plaster of Paris (POP) as well as photography.
‘’Our monitoring and evaluation template indicates that where training occurs without the accompanying empowerment tools, the results become less impactful. Bearing this in mind, the ITF decided to empower all beneficiaries of its skills acquisition programmes with start-up kits, the people graduating today will be similarly empowered’’, he noted.
The Guest of honour and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, applauded ITF for successfully engaging over 450,000 Nigerian youths in skills acquisition training programmes in the last two years with the aim of making them self reliant. Osinbajo said ITF is already taken the lead in reducing government’s burden by ensuring that the skills of youths are better harnessed to make the country economically reliant.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Vice President called on other government agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Small, Medium, Scales Enterprises of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Social Intervention Schemes to work in synergy to better promote skills acquisition programmes for the youths with the aim of creating jobs for Nigerians.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry, Trade and Investment, Sam Egwu said the upper chamber will propose a bill that will make it mandatory for government to disburse N3million soft loans to each of the ITF graduates to enable them set -up their businesses as Nigerian’s future entrepreneurs. Egwu stated that little would be achieved if after graduation beneficiaries were not immediately supported with funding to be self-employed.
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