ITF skills programme to train 9,500 youths
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.