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7,000 Youths In 13 States For ITF’s Skills Development

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Posted: May 18, 2016 at 12:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

CHIBUZOR EMEJOR

ABUJA

 

Industrial Training Fund (ITF) said it had concluded plans to train about 7,000 youths drawn from 13 states and Abuja under its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).

Dickson Onuoha, Acting Director General of ITF, who revealed this at a conference on Tuesday in Abuja, said 500 youths would be selected in each of the 13 participating states and Abuja.

Onuoha explained that NISDP, which is the hard skills component of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and the National Enterprises Development Programme (NEDEP) started three years ago, adding that already over 74,000 youths in the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja had been trained under the programme.

The benefitting states under the 5th phase of the programme include Abia, Anambra, Adamawa, Borno, Plateau, Delta, Sokoto, Kwara, Ogun, Katsina, Cross River, Lagos and Kaduna.

He said the benefitting youths would be trained in 38 trades and craft areas such as welding and fabrication, domestic electric wiring, autotronics,  information and communication technology, tiling, garment making, fish farming, plaster of Paris (POP), production and confectionery.

Other skills to be impacted to the youths, according to him, include rice processing, carpentry and joinery, bead making, panel beating, plumbing and pipefitting, painting and sign writing, pastry and baking, motor vehicle rewiring and cell phone repairs.

As part of efforts to open up access to Nigerians willing to acquire technical skills, the Acting ITF boss said the Agency had procured three mobile training vans in various occupational areas including refrigeration and air conditioning, instrumentation and process control, fashion designing and electrical electronics.

These mobile vans, he said, were fitted with state-of-the-art equipment to train young Nigerians in selected trades and upgrade the skills of those who are already on the job, as the vans could be moved from one place to the other.

He vowed to re-position the ITF as a “proactive, result-oriented organisation that is well-placed to support and ensure the achievement

of the focus of President Muhammadu Buhari administration to tackle poverty, create jobs and diversify the economy.”