The Industrial Training Fund said it would train no fewer than 300 youths of Ondo State in the areas of catering and event management
Some of the beneficiaries would also be trained in aluminium business.
The fund said the gesture was part of its mandate to assist in taking the youths out of unemployment and be self-reliant. The training was said to be held in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Director General of the ITF, Mr Joseph Ari, disclosed this while speaking with journalists at the end of his two-day visit to the Akure area office of the organization in Ondo State.
According to him, there is a need to make Nigerians be self-reliant entrepreneurs, noting that the richest people the world over are not government workers.
He said, “ We are also here to access the 11 centres that are currently running our pet programmes spread across the three senatorial districts of Ondo State, to see how prepared the centres to train our trainees who are basically citizens of Ondo State. The aim is to ensure that our trainers are well prepared for what we are trying to do in our efforts to empower the citizenry.
“Our country is going through population bull as a result of unemployment and that is why we have all kinds of vices among the youths. The ITF’s mandate is to equip Nigerians with the needed skills in order to add value to the economy and the ITF has been doing this over the years because no country can develop without hands-on training.
“We have brought up intervention programme to address unemployment to equip our young men and women in order for them not to be paying more attention to white-collar jobs because there is a need for us to set up our young people to become entrepreneurs and to become employers of labour.
“In the case of Ondo, we are training 300 citizens of Ondo in these three areas – aluminium, catering and events management – these are the three areas that are really trending in our country and the ITF will provide them tools to equip them after succeeded in their training.”
Ari, who also paid a courtesy visit to the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said the intervention programme became necessary so as to solve the ravaging issue of youth unemployment in the country.
During the courtesy visit, Governor Akeredolu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Ifedayo Abegunde, thanked the ITF for establishing the 11 centres for the training of youths in the state.
He said the present administration in Ondo State was poised to empower youths through agriculture.
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