The implementation of several skills intervention programmes have enabled the Industrial Training Fund to train over 500,000 since the Director-General, Sir Joseph N. Ari assumed office in 2016.
The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo said this at the weekend in Jos, at the 2020 ITF Merit Award ceremony.
He said the Fund has done well in assisting government’s efforts to lift the country out of poverty and unemployment.
The Minister urged the ITF management not to relent in empowering Nigerians with technical skills, but to train more Nigerians and by so doing put the name of the ITF in gold.
He said, “The commitment of the federal government to diversify the National economy and put it back on the path of growth has never been in doubt.
“Through policies, including the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the Economic Sustainability Plan and the various support schemes for the MSMEs sectors of the economy, the federal government is determined to doing all it entails to lift the country out of poverty and unemployment.
“I must note that one Agency that has been at the forefront of these efforts is the Industrial Training Fund, and I will like to use this opportunity to say that the Fund has done tremendously well in this regard, and has become a dependable ally of the federal government, by the implementation of several skills intervention programmes that have trained over 500,000 since the Director-General, Sir Joseph N. Ari assumed office in 2016.”
The Minister commended the management and staff of the ITF for carefully applying the meagre resources available to it to do the enormous work of ensuring that Nigerians are equipped with requisite skills, and also building its capacity to effectively deliver on its mandate, particularly with regards to expanding its infrastructure.
Responding, ITF DG, Joseph Ari described year 2020 as a challenging.
He said, “As individuals and as a corporate entity, we were subjected to very stern tests and excruciatingly trying times; the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which ripple effects we are still battling with, severely challenged humanity despite advancements in science and technology.”