Obinna Amaobi, Abuja
The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari (KSM), said the organization remains committed to its mandate of skills acquisition, jobs creation, and developing world class manpower for the industrialization of the Nigerian economy.
He said ITF will continue to initiate viable and sustainable solutions towards sustainably addressing the rising unemployment and poverty that seems to have defied the efforts of governmental and non-governmental approaches.
According the director general, recent figures by the National Bureau of Statistics indicated an increase in the number of Nigerians seeking employment, adding the ITF is set to address that challenge with the introduction of more skills acquisitions and trade development opportunities.
Speaking in Abuja, the ITF director general said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made tremendous efforts to create jobs as could be seen in the increase in the number of people employed as cited by the NBS report.
He said the number of people in employment increased from 68.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 to 68.72 million in the third quarter of 2016 to 69.09 million in the third quarter of 2017 and 69.53 million in the third quarter of 2018.
According to him, ITF as part of the skills acquisition and job creation initiatives has already outlined 11 implementable programmes for 2019 which includes National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP); Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP); air-conditioning and refrigerator (training on wheels); design and garment making; and training on wheels for Nigerian youths under passion to profession programmes.
“ There are also skills training and empowerment programme for the physically challenge, aquaculture fish farming; manure production; crop production and greenhouse technology; poultry farming and training programme development on international marketing and test running”,
Ari explained that the ongoing training programme, organized for about 18,000 Nigerians, would last for between the three to six months.
According to the director general, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to the welfare of Nigerians, adding job creation and industrialization of the Nigerian economy were of significant importance to the government.
“As institutions vested with the arduous task of equipping Nigerians with life skills for employability and entrepreneurship we will do all we can to ensure that jobs are created and skills for development provided, because no reasonable analysis will divorce unemployment from the needless incidence of violence that has claimed thousands of lives across the nation”.