By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—THE Industrial Training Fund, ITF, yesterday said it has trained and empowered 300 unemployed youths in line with Federal Government’s policy on job/wealth creation and poverty reduction in the country.
The trainees who were drawn from the 13 local government areas of the state were trained for three months in the area of tailoring and fashion designing, welding and fabrication, plumbering and pipe-fitting even as start-up packs or kits to enable them become self reliant were distributed to them in the state.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP, of ITF at the Women Development Centre, Abakaliki, the Director General and Chief Executive of the Agency, Sir Joseph Ari explained that the start-up packs were to enable the trainees become successful entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
Represented by an executive officer of ITF, Engr. Peter Agbo, the Director General of the Agency called on the beneficiaries not to contemplate selling any of the items presented to them but rather, they should use the items to prove to the world that the 3-months training they went through was worthwhile as their destinies were in their own hands.
According to him, ITF was implementing the Technical Skills Development Projects, TSDP, Women Skills Empowerment Programme, WOSEP, and Agripreneur among other skill acquisition programmes that are targeted at job/wealth creation in the country.
In his remarks, the Senate Committee Chairman on Industry, Dr. Sam Egwu who was represented by Barr. Ikechukwu Agbo commended ITF for the initiative and called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the start-up pack to become self reliant and economically empowered.
Highlights of the event featured the distribution of start-up packs to the 300 youths trained by ITF in the state