ITF, NGO to train 32 physically challenged on skills acquisition
In fulfilling the mandate of promoting skills acquisition in the country, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), in partnership with Sightsavers, an international non-governmental organisation that promotes disability rights, has trained 32 Nigerians in different skills.
The skills include, computer hardware, event management, catering, phone repair, photography and poultry management. Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the weekend in Abuja, the Director-General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, stated that the agency has made the training of physically challenged persons a priority. He said, “Among the 34 that started the training, only two couldn’t continue, therefore making the graduands 32.
“There is a physically challenged Act today in Nigeria, therefore as an agency that caters for the growth and development of youths and women through skills acquisition, we have decided to focus our attention on the physically challenged so they can acquire different skills and contribute their quota to national development because we believe there is ability in disability.”
The DG, who was represented by ITF’s Kaduna Area Manager, Yahaya Manu, also charged the graduands to make good use of their start up packs provided to them by the agency.
“Now that you have acquired these special skills, I urge you to deploy it into judicious use so you can contribute your quota to the growth and development of the country, because the ultimate aim of this training is to reduce youth unemployment and the agency is always committed to support the physically challenged in any capacity,” he further stated.
On his part, the Country Director of Sightsavers Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Isiyaku said the rationale behind their partnership with the ITF was to transform the labour market to be disability inclusive.
“We are building the disability confidence of employers, job readiness of young persons with disabilities and supporting government agencies to ensure their programmes promote disability inclusive economic empowerment.
“While we have trained hundreds of persons with disabilities on soft and digital skills, preparing and connecting them to formal job, we decided to partner with ITF to empower the graduates in vocational training and prepare them for entrepreneurship,” he said.
He said the courses were carefully selected for people living with disability due to its relevance to the labour market, while admonishing the graduands to apply the knowledge they have gathered during this training to start their own businesses.