Skill acquisition: Industrial Training Fund empowers 11,000 youths

Jack Acheme, Kano


The Industrial Training Fund, ITF, has trained over eleven thousand youths in the last one month in various technical and craftsmanship skills aimed at creating jobs and alleviating poverty.

The number is part of over 500,000 youths trained by the agency in the last four years beginning from 2016.

The Minister of State,Trade, Industry and Investment, Mariam Yalwaji-Katagum gave the indication at the Commissioning of an Ultramodern Mechatronics workshop and Administrative block built by the ITF in Kano state north western Nigeria.

She said the youths that have benefitted from the various training schemes are now employable and can be  self-reliant in chosen area.

The agency has in the last one month graduated over 11,100 Nigerians nationwide under its flagship skills intervention programme (NISDP), convoked over 300 graduates of National Innovative Diploma (NID) and National Institute of Technical Education Certificate (NITEC) at the MSTC, Abuja.”

“The agency has also commenced the training of Nigerian youths under the Passion to Profession Programme (P2PP) in Bauchi state,” said the Minister.

The Minister said the ultramodern Mechatronics Workshop would enhance technical and craftsmanship skills  aimed at creating wealth and alleviating poverty.

“The Mechatronics workshop located at the industrial skills training center , ISTC, in Kano will amongst other things serve to upgrade the skills of technicians and craftsmen in the industry by providing modern practical training in general mechanic/mechatronics and welding and fabrication,” said the Minister.

She said tackling of poverty and job creation has been the key priority areas of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the  principal driver of the policy has been the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and its Parastatals and Agencies.

“They have initiated numerous programmes that have impacted positively on Nigerians across the country,” stressed Ambassador, Mariam.

She said, the ITF is equally set to commission the Katsina Area Office complex, Lagos Island Area Office and the ITF E-Library Complex, Central Stores and Classroom Blocks in Jos.

Kano State Gov. Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje commended the Federal Government’s efforts, adding that his administration will ensure that the people of the state continue to benefit from the trainings at the center.

“All those that were trained by the ITF from the statistics we have, were gainfully employed without any dropout,”   

“I assure that my administration will continue to collaborate with the ITF to ensure that the unemployed youths become self reliant through the commissioned mechatronic workshop,” said the governor.

He also called for synergy between the ITF and Kano state government for te success of state’s multi-billion naira skills acquisition center named after the business mogul Aliki Dangote.

The Director General of the ITF, Mr. Joseph Ari urged the people of Kano as well as the North West to take advantage of the opportunity provided to acquire a skill as it is a vehicle for national development.

“It remains the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment and poverty, and the surest way with which Nigerians can be equipped for employability and entrepreneurship.”

“it is in appreciation of this fact, coupled with soaring unemployment and rising poverty that the current management in the ITF refocused its activities to impact skills to as many Nigerians as possible through the training of over 500’000 Nigerians through its skills intervention programmes,” said Ari.

The ITF was established in 1972 purposely for hands on skills acquisition.

Peace PIAK