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ITF mulls strategy to address unemployment in Nigeria


Dr.Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko

Dr.Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko

The Industrial Training Fund , ITF, has said efforts are in top gear to ensure a holistic approach to solving the problem or high unemployment in the country.

Director General of ITF, Dr.Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko made this disclosure at lecture on “Sustaining Industrial Growth through job Creation: The ITF Role”.

According to the ITF Director General, solving the problem of unemployment in the country requires a holistic approach that calls for the cooperation of both the public and private sectors.

She disclosed that the ITF has commissioned a Skill – Gap survey whose result is being expected by next month.

Dr. Onaeko explained that the report will assist the ITF in its decision on the areas to focus more attention to in the design and implementation of its training programmes.

She said the report will throw up areas where there are skill gaps in the country as well as identify the resources required for filling these gaps.

She also stated that with the report both the private and public sector would be able to plan ahead for their skill requirements just as educational and training institutions will be able to tailor their training programmes to fill identified skill gaps.

“Similarly, students will be guided on their choice of courses that will ensure that they are employable at the end of their training, just as training institutes will be guided on what courses to offer or concentrate their efforts at any particular time”, she added.

The ITF boss maintained that the new thrust of the institution is to match unemployed youth with existing jobs” under the current administration. The ITF is undergoing fundamental reforms and is focusing on matching young unemployed youths to real jobs in the market place. Efforts are also geared towards expanding ITF infrastructure to match skills investments to trainings provided”.

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