Ortom tasks youths on skills acquisition
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged youths to undertake various training in artisanship to create employment and wealth for themselves.
Ortom gave the advice during the 2021 Industrial Training Fund (ITF) interactive forum with stakeholders organised by the Fund’s Makurdi Area Office.
The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Cooperatives, Apir Ityu, said that acquisition of skills in artisanship could help youths to be gainfully employed.
According to him, “since white collar jobs are not forthcoming, skills acquisition remains the major area that can help the society reduce unemployment.
“I am happy that ITF is doing well in this regard. I will continue to partner and assist the Fund to make the country a virile society,” he said.
Earlier, the Director-Generala (DG), Joseph Ari, disclosed that it was the earnest desire of ITF to be in the lead in skills training in Nigeria and globally too.
Represented by the State Area Manager, Dr. Daniel Asele, the DG said that the ITF throughout its history had strived to actualise its vision, which was “to be the foremost skills training development organisation in Nigeria and one of the best in the world.
“The Fund has strived in the realisation of this vision, particularly with respect to our being the foremost skills training development institution in Nigeria.”
His words: “The millions of Nigerians we have equipped with skills cannot be compared with any organisation with a similar mandate as ours in terms of sheer number and quality.
“As much as our efforts are laudable, when placed side by side with the soaring unemployment figures and other determinants, it behooves us to do more to be true to our declaration,” he said.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders variously applauded ITF for its efforts aimed at reducing employment as well as poverty, promising that they would continue to partner with them for a better tomorrow.