…As Institute trains Over 500,000
By Ebenezer Ishola, Abuja
Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir Joseph Ari (KSM) said despite the challenges posed by the outbreak of the corona virus that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) will become more creative and innovative in achieving its set objectives
Speaking during the official ceremony of his assumption in office for the second term at the ITF Bukuru Training Centre in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the ITF director general noted that from the targets the management had set for the agency and from the economic distortions as a result of the COVID-19, “the next few years will be challenging for us in many ways”.
He said with the economic difficulties the nation was passing through that there is no doubt impact it will reflect on the number of people the Fund trains and the revenue generated therefrom.
“So, what this calls for is to be more creative and innovative,” Ari said.
The director general noted that the fund was mindful of the fact that the impact of the novel COVID-19 has affected government negatively in the area of revenue generation as well as so many Nigerians leading to loss of jobs and closure of businesses as most managers are compelled to cut cost on human capital development.
According to him, the agency has trained over 500,000 Nigerians with skills acquisition in the country in the last four years and has become a major source of livelihood to the beneficiaries.
He explained that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency has also expanded its training infrastructure by completing and commissioning several projects ranging from mechanics workshop and administrative block at the ITF Training Centre in Kano, Katsina Area Office Complex with administrative and Vocational Wing, Lagos Island Area Office Complex, an e-Library Complex and stores at the Headquarters and a classroom blocks at the staff schools.