By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA—The Director General, Industrial Training Fund(ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, has stressed on the need to embrace Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which he said, is the only sure way to gainfully engage as many Nigerians as Possible.
The DG made this remark on Thursday at a Press Conference to present the Fund’s 2019 Skills Intervention Programmes, as part of its determined and continuing effort to contain the unemployment malaise.
According to Ari, the Fund came up with a list of eleven (11) implementable programmes for year 2019 which includes: National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP); Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP); Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (Training on Wheels); Design and Garment Making (Training on Wheels) for Nigerian youths under the Passion to Profession Programme (P2PP);
Others are: Skills Training and Empowerment Programme for the Physically Challenged (STEPP-C); Construction Skills Empowerment Programme (CONSEP); Aqua-Culture (Fish Farming); Manure Production; Crop Production (Green House Technology); Poultry Farming; and Training Programme Development on International Marketing and Test Running.
He noted that it is expected that the programmes will train about 18,000 Nigerians between the three (3) to six (6) months period they will last.
On the commencement of the programmes, he said that preliminary activities such as screening of participants and selection of training centres have commenced, and most of the Programmes will kick off in August and September 2019.
The DG appealed to Nigerians to support Government’s efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty through skills acquisition rather than view it as the responsibility of the ITF and other Agencies of the Federal Government alone.
“Our commitment to skills acquisition is premised on the fact that it remains the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment and poverty that have continued to defy the best efforts of Governmental and non-Governmental approaches.
“No reasonable analysis will divorce unemployment from the needless incidences of violence that have claimed thousands of lives across the Nation”, he stated.
He however clarified that apart from the NISDP that will be implemented in all States of the Federation including the FCT, the rest of the programmes will be implemented on rotational basis among the States.
He called for the cooperation and collaboration of all State Governments, the Organised Private Sector (OPS), politicians and other stakeholders, so as to achieve a multiplier effect.
In his words, “Our doors are therefore wide open for collaboration in any aspect of human capacity development and vocational and technical skills training”.
He urged the media to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of the acquisition of technical skills, and to ensure that Governments at all levels appreciate the critical place of skills acquisition in not just tackling unemployment but also developing their societies as a whole.