Joseph Ari

By Victoria Ojeme

ABUJA—Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Tuesday said that it has almost exceeded expectation by training over 150,000 Nigerians in skills acquisition.

Director General/Chief Executive of the ITF, Sir. Joseph Ari made this known at a world press conference held in Abuja.

It would be recalled that ITF in conjunction with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), conducted a National Skills Gap Assessment in six priority sectors of the Nigerian Economy namely: Agrio business and agro-allied, metal & solid minerals, oil and gas related industry, construction, light manufacturing and services industry.

Ari noted that several disturbing facts emerged in the survey, the report of which was presented to stakeholders in Abuja in April this year.

He said the report indicated that despite spiraling unemployment, 925 trades were either difficult or hard to fill in the country’s labour market.

He said: “The breakdown showed that 19.7% vacancies were in the housing sector, 13.9% in petro-chemical sector, 14.7% in other goods, 11.4% in the auto industry, 10.3% in textiles, 10.1% in steel, 8.9% in the services sector and 3.3% in the leather industry.”


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