Unemployment: ITF commences training of 9,500 youths
The Industrial Training Fund has commenced the entrepreneurial training of 9,500 unemployed youths in 18 states of the country.
The training will make the youths self-reliant, according to the organisation.
The Director-General, ITF, Mr. Dickson Onuoha, disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar, Cross River State, during the commencement of the fifth phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme for 500 unemployed youths in the state.
Onuoha said that the training, expected to last for three months, was designed to impact the youths with employability skills.
He said over 500 unemployed youths had been selected from the 18 states, which included, Cross River, Abia, Kaduna, Kwara, Adamawa, Ebonyi and the Federal Capital Territory.
He said that the youths would be trained in tailoring and fashion design, aluminum fabrication and event management.
He also said that the trainees would be given a grant to start their own businesses after graduation.
“This training programme is designed to equip young Nigerians with requisite skills for employment and job creation. It is specially packaged to fast-track the realisation of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan.
“Today, we are witnessing the kick-off of the fifth phase of the programme which will cover 18 states and Abuja in the first run. Indeed, a total of 9,500 youths will be trained in 18 states plus Abuja.
“The trade areas were carefully selected based on their anticipated value addition to the citizens of the state and the potential to provide sustainable means of livelihood,” he said.
The Area Manager of ITF, Calabar office, Mr. Idongesit Akpan, also said that the programme was designed and developed by the ITF to equip youths between the ages of 18 and 35 years with the requisite skills and knowledge for wealth creation.
Akpan said that up-to-date modules and curriculum had been designed, developed and given to the trainers alongside apprenticeship basic rules to shape the behaviours of the trainees.
He advised the beneficiares to take the training seriously, adding that the Federal Government was committed to the well-being of the youths.
Also speaking, the Ndidem of the Quas, Dr. Patrick Oqua-Agbor, urged the youths to pay maximum attention during the training programme.
Oqua-Agbor, who lauded the Federal Government for initiating the programme, added that it would help reduce youth restiveness and social vices in the society.
One of the trainees, Mr. Albert Edem, who spoke on behalf of others, promised to be committed and dedicated to the training.
Meanwhile, the Acting Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Mr. Kunle Obayan, said that 50 unemployed graduates were recruited and trained in ‘Start your own business strategies’.
Obayan was represented by the Kwara State Coordinator, NDE, Mr. Ademola Adeyemo, during the directorate’s training of unemployed persons in the three senatorial districts of Kwara State.