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Stakeholders hinge improved skills on ITF reforms

By John Akubo, Abuja
21 July 2022   |   4:00 am
Stakeholders have said that the Amendment of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act was necessary towards making Nigeria globally competitive on skills trainings. They argued that the move to make the best out of the nation’s huge population through skilled workforce was pertinent. This is just as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), also urged the…

Stakeholders have said that the Amendment of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act was necessary towards making Nigeria globally competitive on skills trainings.

They argued that the move to make the best out of the nation’s huge population through skilled workforce was pertinent.

This is just as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), also urged the ITF to leverage on the 3million euro grant in the pipeline to produce more skilled workers in Nigeria.

The advocacy to have productivity-driven skilled population came to the fore, during public hearing session on a bill seeking for amendment of Industrial Training Fund Act, organised by the Senate Committee on Industries.

The Bill, sponsored by ITF and given legislative acceleration by Sen. Saidu Alkali seeks to widen the scope of operations of the training agency with regards to the provision of skilled training in management for technical and entrepreneurial development in the public and private sectors of the economy.

In his presentation at the public hearing, ITF Director-General, Dr. Joseph Ari, said amendments being sought through the Bill would expand the scope of operations and enhance the Fund’s activities.

“Therefore, if necessary measures are not put into place by empowering this youth bulge with skills for employability and entrepreneurship, the socio-economic problems that we are currently contending with in the country will conceivably escalate.

“An amendment of the Act will enable the Fund to expand its infrastructure to accommodate as many Nigerians as possible that are willing to acquire skills for the national growth and development of the country,” he said.

Supporting the proposed legislation, MAN President, Mansur Ahmed, who was represented by Abuja Laision Officer, Adeyemi Folorunsho, said ITF should be empowered through passage of the proposed Bill.

According to him, in a recent conference on skills and vocational trainings across the countries in Africa, ITF was proposed to be the flagship of such trainings, which are to be facilitated with 3million Euro grants.

Other stakeholders like the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), among others, in their separate presentations, threw their weights behind the Bill.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East), said the amendments being sought in the ITF Act, were necessary towards making Nigeria move with global trends in skills trainings.