ITF to train 1000 youths in each state under NISDP scheme
To facilitate the mass training initiative under its National Industrial Skills Development Program (NISDP) across the country, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has unveiled plans to train 1000 youths from each state of the federation.
The Acting Director General of ITF, Dickson Onuoha while addressing the House of Representative Committee on Industry who visited ITF office on oversight function in Lagos said: “The mass training of Nigerian youths is in fulfillment of the mandate of ITF to provide training for skills in management for technical and entrepreneurial development in the public and private sectors of the economy.
“Though ITF has so far trained 14 million Nigerians since inception in 1971, the industry never rests on its oars as it continued to introduce new initiatives to enhance man power development.
“There is a renewed effortsto use the mass training program to aid poverty eradication, job creation and effective diversification of the economy as envisioned by the federal government will not succeed if Nigerians are not skilled”.
He said arrangement has reached advanced stage for the take off of the fifth phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Program (NISDP) in 18 states of the federation to facilitate the mass training program.
He said the organisation had also introduced the graduate re-skilling programme aimed at training 500 graduates of engineering and technology with vocational and entrepreneurial skills.
“The Industrial Trust Fund, in its Graduate Re-skilling Programme, will train 500 graduates of Technology and Engineering with vocational and entrepreneurial skills from each of the six geo-political zones.
‘’We are reviewing the ITF/DVT, that is, German Chamber of Crafts and Commerce Dual, to train apprentices in line with German Dual System, equipping and retooling of existing skills training centres and procurement of Mobile Training Units,’’ he said.
He said the Mobile Training Units were for persons who could not access training at the formal skill centres, especially Internally Displaced Persons , to ensure their reintegration to society.
Onuoha however pleaded for legislative backing from the National Assembly for the success of the efforts of ITF especially in areas of funding, power supply and security.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Industry, Alhaji Abubakar Hussaini Moriki, in his remarks, assured the management of ITF that the Federal Government is working hard to make ITF more relevant to the economy and the House of Representative is always ready to provide necessary legal framework to support the efforts of the federal government.