The Industrial Training Fund, ITF has trained over 450,000 Nigerians in various acquisition skills through its numerous social investment programmes.
The Director General of the Fund, Mr Joseph Ari who disclosed this during a press briefing and presentation of the 2019 Skills Intervention Programmes in Abuja said ninety percent of the trained citizens are productive entrepreneurs.
He stated that the 2019 Skills intervention Programme is part of efforts of the Fund in containing unemployment.
According to him “the programmes are namely; National Industrial Development Programme, NISDP;Women Skill Empowerment Programme, WOSEP; Air-Conditioning and Refrigiration; Design and Garment Making for Nigerian youth under the Passion to Profession Programme, P2PP; Skills Training and Empowerment for the Physically Challenged, STEPP-C; Construction Skills Empowerment Programme, CONSEP; Aqua-Culture; Manure Production; Crop Production; Poultry Farming and Training Programme Development on International Marketing and Test Running”.
Mr Ari explained that the programme will train about 18,000 Nigerians between three to six month period.
He noted that the National Industrial Development Programme, NISDP would be implemented in all 36 states of the federation including the FCT while the rest of the programmes will be implemented on rational basis among the states.
“I wish to appeal to Nigerians to support government’s effort to create jobs and reduce poverty through skills acquisition, the co-orperation and collaboration of all state governments, the organized private sector, politicians and other stakeholders will be critical for a multiplier effect”. He added.