8 April 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Federal Government is to support the Industrial Training Fund to fulfill its mandate of empowering Nigerians with requisite skills and building capacity for effective service delivery.
Minister of Industry, Trade and investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo stated this at the 2020 Industrial Training Fund Merit Award in Jos.
He said with some policies on ground such as the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the Economic Sustainability Plan and other Schemes, the Federal Government is determined to do all it entails to lift the Country out of poverty and unemployment.
Represented by the Director Human Resources of the Ministry, Mr Samuel Alabi, the Minister said the ITF had a role to play in this regard.
Governor Simon Lalong represented by Secretary to the Government of the State, Professor Danladi Atu said the State had been partnering the ITF in lifting many youths out of poverty and giving them Sustainable means of livelihood.
In his address, the Director General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said they had commenced the process for Implementation of more Skills acquisition programs that would train about twelve thousand Nigerians between three to six weeks in various trades.
He noted that the Fund would continue to implement welfare packages to motivate the workforce for optimal performance.
Sir Ari expressed the believe that until most Nigerians are equipped with competitive Technical Skills, the Nation would continue to fight a loosing battle against the blight of poverty and unemployment.