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THE Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has debunked allegations of high-handedness and corruption levelled against the management, saying the allegations are unfounded and malicious.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Fund, Mrs. Ifeoma Ihezue, the allegations are calculated strategies by enemies of accountability to disrupt the giant strides being made by the Fund under the current administration, for their selfish gains.

The Director-General, ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, while calling on the Federal Government to urgently address hooliganism in unionism, said labour unions should continue to tread the path of integrity for which past labour leaders were known.

The peddlers of the malicious information, the statement said, had tried every means to drag the image of the current ITF leadership in the mud without success, arguing that this was why the detractors had again resorted to instigating a protest.

“A situation where our labour unions allow themselves to be used by a few people who want power by all means, to disrupt laudable policies that would eventually be in their long-term interest, and in the interest of the economy, is not acceptable. In ITF, it cannot be business as usual again, in the interest of efficient and effective skills development. This exactly is what a few people are trying to fight, for reasons best known to them,” the statement added, noting, however that welfare under the current administration had been at its best, so far.

The ITF, however, gave explanations to all the allegations of the union, pointing out the fallacy in each and drawing the attention of the public to the fact that the ITF had actually, under the current administration, taking the activities of the Fund to an enviable height while striving hard to cut costs.


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