20 April 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
The Industrial Training Fund, ITF, has trained another batch of 105 youths under its 2020 National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP.
Speaking virtually at the graduation of the beneficiaries of the programme in Abuja, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum said the training was part of Federal Government’s commitment to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty
Ambassador Mariam Katagum who identified poverty and unemployment as some of the challenges facing the country reiterated the commitment of the present administration in tackling the problems.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry, Senator Saidu Alkali and Chairman, House Committee on Industry, Enitan Badru commended ITF for its laudable vocational skills acquisition programnes aimed at empowering unemployed Nigerian youths and women across the country.
The lawmakers therefore promised legislative support to ITF to enable the Fund achieve its mandate.
Earlier, the Director General of Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the beneficiaries of the programme which were selected across the country were trained in three trades which include tailoring, cosmetology, and Information and Communication Technology, ICT
Sir Joseph Ari stated that others were also trained in other skills acquisition programnes namely the Special Skills Development Programme, SSDP, Federal Government Skills Empowerment Programme, FEGOSEP, Info-Tech Empowerment Programme, ISEP and Agri-Prenuership Training Programme, ATP, among others.
The Director General of ITF who said 300 beneficiaries were drawn from each state of the Federation and the FCT reiterated the commitment of ITF towards job creation, youth empowerment and poverty reduction in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration agenda.
Some of the beneficiaries of the training programme who expressed gratitude to ITF for empowering them said the training would make them self reliant.
Start-up packs were presented to beneficiaries of the training programme.