As part of the efforts to equip youths with skills for employability and entrepreneurship, the Industrial Training Fund ( ITF ) is set to train and empower 11,000 youths in the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) across Nigeria.
The Director General of ITF, Joseph Ari who disclosed this during the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme in Minna yesterday said that the youths would be trained in various skills to make them successful entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
He said that 11,000 youths have already been trained for three months in Tailoring and Fashion Design, Welding and Fabrication and Plumping and Pipe-fitting adding that they would be given start-up kits to enable them set up their businesses.
“The three trades were carefully selected based on their potential value addition to the individual trainees and to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
“The start-up packs that are being distributed should be viewed as our practical example and message to our stakeholders that training without corresponding support will not lead to expected outcomes” Ari said.
The Director General who was represented by the Director, Research and Curriculum Development, Zakari Peruma stated that the current universal currency is skills which a lot of youths should make an effort in getting it.
He added that the ITF will be implementing Technical Skills Development Projects, Women Skills Empowerment Programme and Agripreneur that will be targeted at job and wealth creation.
The DG urged the beneficiaries not to sell the start-up packs given to them saying, “the start-up packs to be presented to you are if high standard and therefore cost ITF several millions of naira to procure. Do not contemplate selling any of the items presented to you. Your destiny is in your own hands, do not toy with it. ”
The Niger State Area Manager, Ifeoma Ihezue said 300 youths were trained in the state, “150 were trained in tailoring, 70 in welding and fabrication and 80 in plumbing and pipe-fitting.”
The Niger state Governor, Alhani Abubakar Sani Bello who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youths, Alhaji Husseni Ahmed urged ITF to step up it’s monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the youths make good use of the training given to them and do not sell the start-up packs.