By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU- INDUSTRAL Training Fund, ITF, says it has expanded the skills acquisition and entrepreneur’s training programme to stem spiral unemployment in the country.
The Director General and Chief Executive of ITF, Sir, Joseph Ari who made this known to journalists in Enugu, disclosed that the agency has pursued its realisation by training over 20 million Nigerians that are today Manning key sectors of national economy.
Sir Ari, represented by Head of ITF Enugu state Area office, Mrs Ijeoma Yahaya, expressed delighted over the achievement of ITF within 2 years of new initiative programme.
Mrs Yahaya, who lamented the state government unable to provide support to trainee, disclosed that the agency decided to provide start-up pack to all their participants based on the success fund during monitoring and evaluation study was conducted in the area where start-up kits was given to participants. earned.
“Despite the best effort of governments at all levels, unemployment has continued to rise. Against this backdrop, therefore, we have resolved to step up our skills acquisition efforts in 2019 so that more Nigerians will acquire skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
“In this regard, we shall therefore introduce new ones. As an indication of our tempo this year, we have commenced the implementation of an information and communication programme called the Information Technology Skills Empowerment Programme, ISEP, to equip Nigerian youths with the needed information and communication technology skills for job creation.
“It’s Worthy of note that, unlike in the past where the ITF depended on state government and other collaborating bodies to empower trainees with start-up kits, all the beneficiaries of the ITF skills programmes were provided with start-up kits by the fund”, He said.
Mrs Yahaya who disclosed that ITF new introduced programme on information and communication programmes trained about 300,000 Nigerians and empowered with start-up packs, pointed out that about 1,000 Enugu indigene benefited for it since inception.
Lamenting peoples perception on technical vocational skills acquisition, urged journalists to us their platform to educate the public on the important of skill acquisition and entrepreneur.
“Once we can get out of this perception of dangerous, dirty and dreadful, we will realize that skill acquisition is the way to go. As a very important instrument for information dissemination, agenda setting and opinion molding, the media has a key role to play in this regard”, He said.