ITF urges government to sponsor more trainees for skills acquisition

Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu

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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) says the number of Nigerians that are currently unemployed, and going by population of the 30,000 projections, the Fund had trained between 2018-2019 may appear like a drop of water in the ocean.

It is in this regard that Training Fund has called on stakeholders and government to sponsor more trainees for skills acquisition to steer the tide of unemployment.

The Director General and Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund, Sir Joseph Ari who made this known in Enugu at a press conference, said despite efforts by government at all levels, unemployment has continued to rise.

“Against this backdrop, therefore, we have resolved to step up our skill acquisition efforts in 2019 so that more Nigerians will acquire skills for employability and entrepreneurship.”

“We shall expand intake for our existing programmes and introduce new ones. As an indication, we have commenced the implementation of an information and communication programme called the Information Technology Skills Empowerment Programme (ISEP).”

ISEP is designed to equip Nigerian youth with the skills for job creation.

Other existing programmes like the National Industrial Skills Development Programme, (NISDP) Women Skills Empowerment Programme, (WOSEP) etc shall be expanded to run several streams so that more Nigerians will acquire skills.

The Industrial Training Fund, (ITF) was established on October 8, 1971, by Decree No. 47, as amended in 2011, with the mandate to among others, provide, promote, and encourage the acquisition of skills in industry and commerce with a view to generating a pool of indigenous trained manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the Nigeria economy.

Omolayo.A