25 March 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Industrial Training Fund has commenced the process for a skills intervention program that will train about 12,000 Nigerians in various trades.
The Director General of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari made this known while briefing journalists in Jos.
The programs include the National Skills Dev Program, Construction Skills Empowerment Program, and the Skills training and empowerment program for the physically challenged among others.
Sir Ari said the Fund had declared 2021 as a year of Skills escalation for prosperity.
He noted that the ITF was among the few agencies requested by the Federal Government to forward submissions to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
He said until most Nigerians are equipped with competitive technical skills, the Nation would continue to fight a loosing battle against the blights of poverty and unemployment and their attendant consequences
The DG who spoke on what the fund had done, is doing and would do, said despite the COVID 19 pandemic, the fund embarked on projects that had been completed and awaiting inauguration.
Sir Ari announced that over 600 million naira was paid as student’s allowance under the Students Industrial work Experience Scheme, while over 77.7 million was paid as supervisory allowance between January and July 2020.
Similarly over 3.9 billion naira was paid to 325 companies as reimbursement in 2019.
He said the fund would continue to be responsible to the needs of all for them to be productive and grow the Nation’s economy.
Sir Ari said the Fund has continued to implement welfare packages to motivate the workforce for optimal performance.