ITF skills pro­gramme to train 9,500 youths

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Ra’afat Mac­cido, Kaduna

The Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the In­dus­trial Train­ing Fund (ITF), Dick­son C. On­uoha, has flagged off the 5th phase of the Na­tional In­dus­trial Skills De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (NISDP) tar­get­ing 9,500 youths.

Speak­ing at the flag-off cer­e­mony in Kaduna, the ITF boss said the pro­gramme, which is the tech­ni­cal/ vo­ca­tional skills com­po­nent of the Na­tional En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (NEDEP), is de­signed to equip young Nige­ri­ans with skills for em­ploy­ment and job cre­ation.

He added that it was spe­cially pack­aged to fast track the re­al­i­sa­tion of the Nige­rian In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion Plan (NIRP).

On­uoha said the 5th phase of the pro­gramme would be im­ple­mented si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 18 states and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) with 500 youths from each state.

In his speech, Gov­er­nor Nasir elR­u­fai of Kaduna State stressed that vo­ca­tional education has be­come an in­stru­ment for cre­at­ing new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­come-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the for­mal and in­for­mal sec­tors of the econ­omy.

The fu­ture suc­cess of Nige­ria, he said, de­pends on the ex­is­tence and pos­ses­sion of trans­fer­able and re­new­able skills and knowl­edge to meet the needs of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

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