27 August 2020 by MATHEW AYOOLA
Industrial Training Fund, ITF, is to train and empower another batch of 255 Nigerian youths, Engineers and Artisans in nine vocational training programmes.
The vocational training programmes include Information Communication Technology, ICT, Building Technology, Mechanical Services, Electrical & Electronics Technology, Residential Air Conditioning, Mobile Phone Repairs, Instrumentation and Process Control among others.
Speaking during the kick off of the training through a virtual process in Abuja, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum commended ITF’s determination towards reducing unemployment and poverty among youths through its various skills and vocational training programmes.
The Minister therefore reiterated the commitment of the present administration in improving the country’s economy through job creation and youth empowerment.
In a remark, the Director General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the training which would last for six months was in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
Sir Joseph Ari said ITF would continue to put in place programnes that would fast track the realization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the areas of youth empowerment, job creation and poverty reduction.
The Director General of ITF who said the youths were selected from the six Geo political zones of the country advised the beneficiaries to adhere strictly to COVID 19 protocols during the period of the training.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr Sinbi Wabote described skills and vocational training as key towards reducing crimes and making youths contribute to economic development of the country.
He stated that the Board would continue to collaborate with relevant Government agencies on programmes that would make youths employers of labour.