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ITF has not performed optimally, says DG

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Joseph Ari


The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari has said that the training of seven million Nigerians in 10 years by the Fund is well below its capacity.
 
However, he blamed paucity of funds for the inability of the Fund to perform optimally in many of its key activities.
 
Ari, who stated this at the year 2020 performance review meeting held at its headquarters in Jos, said one area of concern is the Fund’s vague performance in the area of training.
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“I had repeatedly raised my concerns with regards to our poor performance in this area. Although some may seek to blame our poor performance on COVID-19 and its disruptions, a careful analysis will show that there might be bigger and far more fundamental problems particularly, if one takes a critical view of our performance in training in the last 10 years.  I can say with certainty that the situation has not vastly improved,” he explained.
 
He said that rather than improvement, ITF performances with regards to the training aspect of its mandate has continued to slide.
 
He stated that the meeting was very crucial to thoroughly address the issue and find lasting solutions to the problem and take advantage of opportunities that would open up the economy as the country comes out of the pandemic. He warned against sharp practices that are inimical to growth of the Fund.
 
The ITF boss further warned that if management discovers such in any Area Office and it is known that responsible officers failed to take appropriate steps, “it will be concluded that they were complicit in the act and will face similar sanctions as the actors.”

“If our proposal, which is currently receiving the attention of the authorities, is assented to, the ITF will train over seven million Nigerians in the agriculture, construction and facility maintenance, information and communication technology, manufacturing and service sectors between 2021 and 2031,” he said.

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