The Federal Government says it is determined to do all it entails to lift the country out of poverty and unemployment.
The Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Richard Adebayo, stated this on Thursday in Jos at the 2020 ITF Merit Award ceremony.
Represented by the Director of Administration of the ministry, Mr Samuel Alabi, the minister said that the commitment of the Federal Government to diversify the nation’s economy and put it back to the path of growth through policies such as the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the Economic Sustainability Plan and the various support schemes for the MSMEs sectors of the economy had never been in doubt.
He commended the ITF for the work it was doing in ensuring that Nigerians were equipped with the requisite skills.
Adebayo disclosed that the fund had become a dependable ally of the Federal Government by the implementation of several skills intervention programmes that had trained over 500,000 youths since the present director-general assumed office in 2016.
He said the fund had been mentioned and identified by the presidency as the foremost agency of the government at the forefront of the Federal Government job and wealth creation policy.
He enjoined the management of the fund not to relent in empowering Nigerians with technical skills, and urged them to train more Nigerians.
The minister called state governments, Non-Governmental Organisations, faith-based organisations, among others, to collaborate with the ITF to tackle the challenges of poverty and unemployment bedeviling the nation.
In his remarks, Governor Simon Lalong commended the ITF for being a partner in lifting many youths of the state out of poverty through the skills training which gave them a sustainable means of livelihood.
Lalong, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atu, said that the state was willing to collaborate and support all ITF initiatives.