ITF to train 37,000 youths on in­dus­trial

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

The In­dus­trial Training Fund (ITF) has said that 37, 000 young Nige­ri­ans would ben­e­fit from the Na­tional In­dus­trial Skills De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (NISDP) aimed at job cre­ation, youth and women em­pow­er­ment and in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Fund, Mr. Dick­son On­uoha, re­vealed that po­ten­tial trainees from 18 states se­lected for the first batch have started their regis­tra­tion and ori­en­ta­tion as part of the 5th phase of the NISDP.

On­uoha said non-tra­di­tional eco­nomic sec­tors like solid minerals, agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vices would be given pri­or­ity to help the gov­ern­nent and pri­vate sec­tors create end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coun­try’s eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity, par­tic­u­larly for the small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs).

The ITF said 1,000 youths from each state of the fed­er­a­tion and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) would be se­lected for the training.

The DG said the in­abil­ity of SMEs to fo­cus on con­ver­sion from raw ma­te­ri­als to fin­ished goods and in­abil­ity to turn ideas into ser­vices were all due to ca­pac­ity, which is being ad­dressed by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

He said ac­cess to qual­ity skills de­vel­op­ment and training op­por­tu­ni­ties would guar­an­tee in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and sus­tain­able job cre­ation in the coun­try.

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