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ITF empowers 11,000 youths

ITF empowers 11,000 youths

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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said it has, in the last one year, empowered over 11,000 youths across the country.

The scheme is under ITF National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).

Director General of ITF Joseph Ari said this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital at the closing ceremony of the women skills empowerment programme (WOSEP) of the fund.

Sir Ari  added that “we took 300 youths in every state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The programme is finishing in December. What we did last year was to identified three trade areas. If we continue like that slowly and steadily we will get to the destination point.”

The DG said that Nigeria needs hands-on trade to match its booming population, saying that “our own situation is even more dangerous than ever based on the fact that our population is booming by the day. A booming population without hands-on trade will bring about restiveness, kidnapping and all the vices in the society will escalate.

“The population of the country is exploding by the day and if we do not empower the people with hands-on trade then we are in trouble.

There is no nation that can grow without hands-on trade.

“Paper qualification will not take us far. In other nations of the world who have had paper qualification they had to fall back on skills development and so such countries are today regarded as the developed nations of the world on account of skills.”

On WOSEP, the director general of ITF said that “in the first phase, the programme was implemented in 14 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and trained 30 women each.

Plateau, Kano and Borno states government, however sponsored additional 350 and 100 trainees respectively.

“In all, a total of 483 women were trained for three months and empowered with start-up kits in various trades including event management, cosmetology, tie and dye, hairmaking, food processing, tailoring and fashion design, poultry farming, bead making, bakery and pastry. Others are domestic electrical installation, soap/detergent and disinfectant making.

“In this phase that is coming to a close today, 360 women drawn from Akwa-Ibom, bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Oyo and Yobe states were trained for three months in tailoring and fashion design.”

He warned the trainees not to contemplate selling the start-up packs, adding that they cost the ITF millions of Naira.

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