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ITF Not Relocating HQ From Jos To Abuja, Says DG

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Management of Industrial Training Fund, (ITF) has said that there are no plans whatsoever to relocate the headquarters of the agency from Jos in Plateau State to Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

According to the DG, the people of Plateau State do not have any reason to fear or be worried, neither do they have to do anything that will lead to uproar as is being anticipated by those spreading the false rumour.

ITF said this explanation has become necessary, due to the persistent and unfounded rumour that the Director General, Dr. Mrs. Juliet Chukkas Onaeko, has already concluded arrangements to relocate the interventionist agency to Abuja, instead of Jos where the ITF has been headquartered since it was established in 1971.

A Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to the ITF’s Director General, quoted the DG as saying that Jos in Plateau State will always remain the ITF’s headquarters. He explained that the recent evacuation of  tenants from its Six -story building in Abuja was part of the agency’s plan to become and remain highly effective and functional in the execution of its mandate and objectives.

The DG pointed out that the evacuation of occupants of the building was because of the need to expand the Model Skills Training Center (MSTC) of the agency, and also to expand and integrate the functions of the Abuja Area office as well as the corporate office, all located in the building.

Noting that the ITF has been collaborating with several international agencies and embassies in its quest to create and surpass the 2 million jobs it has set out to achieve, the DG said the ongoing activities at the Abuja office will create easier access for these international organisations partnering with the agency to relate and interact with the ITF.

“Most embassies and our partners are based in Abuja. Making all the offices in Abuja more functional will go a long way towards achieving our goal of creating two million jobs annually, while  also making empowering the nation’s youths with technical and vocational skills easier at the same time,” the DG said.

According to the Special assistant, “The Director General of ITF, Dr. Mrs. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, who only assumed office in May last year was not at the center of the headquarters transfer saga, saying that there was no headquarters saga in the first place.

“Any plan to relocate the ITF headquarters is a policy issue that only the President of the country can decide upon,” he added.