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ITF To Begin Training Of 36,000 Youths Nationwide


Wednesday, Jun 8th, 2016 

Nigeria’s Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has developed a mass training programme that would provide skills training to 36,000 youths, representing 1,000 from each state of the federation.

The acting director-general of ITF, Mr Dickson Onuoha, disclosed this in his welcome remarks to the House of Representative Committee on Industry who visited ITF office on oversight function in Lagos.

According to him, the mass training of Nigerian youths was in fulfilment of the mandate of ITF to provide training for skills in management for technical and entrepreneurial development in the public and private sectors of the economy. “Though ITF has so far trained 14 million Nigerians since inception in 1971, the industry never rests on its oars as it continued to introduce new initiatives to enhance manpower development.

“There is a renewed efforts to use the mass training programme in poverty eradication, job creation and effective diversification of the economy as envisioned by the federal government will not succeed if Nigerians are not skilled.”

He said arrangement has reached advanced stage for the take-off of the fifth phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Program (NISDP) in 18 states of the federation to facilitate the mass training programme.

He said the organisation had also introduced the graduate re-skilling programme aimed at training 500 graduates of engineering and technology with vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

“We are reviewing the ITF/DVT, that is, German Chamber of Crafts and Commerce Dual, to train apprentices in line with German Dual System, equipping and retooling of existing skills training centres and procurement of Mobile Training Units,’’ he added.

He said the mobile training units were for persons who could not access training at the formal skills centres, especially internally displaced persons to ensure their re-integration to society.

Onuoha however pleaded for legislative backing from the National Assembly for the success of the efforts of ITF especially in areas of funding, power supply and security.

The chairman of the House Committee on Industry, Alhaji Abubakar Hussaini Moriki, assured the management of ITF that the federal government was working hard to make ITF more relevant to the economy and the House of Representative was always ready to provide necessary legal framework to support the efforts of the federal government.