(News Investigators)/ The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Tuesday said it had trained 450,000 Nigerians under its special intervention project, ‘Passion to Profession Programme’ (P2PP) between 2016 and 2019.
ITF Director-General, Joseph Ari, disclosed this at the graduation and presentation of start-up packs to 30 trainees of the programme at Amuro Community Secondary School, Aiyeteju, Mopa-Muro Local Government of Kogi.
“I am pleased to note that about three years into the implementation of the plan that commenced in late 2016, over 450,000 Nigerians have been equipped with various skills through the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).
“Others are Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), Construction Skills Empowerment Programme (CONSEP), Agri-prenuership programme and Skills Training Empowerment Programme for the Physically-challenged (STEPP-C), amongst others,” he said.
Ari noted that with the unemployment situation in the country, the number being graduated might appear ‘infinitesimal’ but assured that gradually, the number of Nigerians unemployed and in poverty would whittle down.
The ITF director-general said that as an indication of the Fund’s resolve, it had concluded arrangements for the launch of the 2019 skills intervention programmes that would train thousands in over 20 trades and craft.
“We, however, believe that for our efforts to have any desired impact, all partners – the beneficiaries, parents and guardians, governments at all levels and indeed, all stakeholders – must play their roles,” he added.
Speaking at the occasion, the Elelu of Mopa, Oba Julius Joledo, commended the ITF for the interest in providing livelihood support for the youth in the council area, saying that he had not witnessed such benevolence in his 33-year reign.
“A good messenger is that who brings good tidings to the community,” the monarch said, even as he commended Mrs Josephine Gbadamosi, the ITF Director of Finance, for her efforts at advancing the cause of the community.
Mr Samuel Alabi, a retired Director of ITF and indigene of the town, commended the Fund for its renewed commitment to tackling unemployment and poverty in the community.
Alabi expressed the appreciation of the community to the Fund for providing ICT equipment for Government Technical College, Mopa and for training Amuro youths in various skills acquisition and capacity programmes.
The Alamuro of Amuro, Oba Alfred Aiyedogbon, commended the graduands for their good conduct during the training and charged them not to sell their start-up packs as doing so would amount to selling their future. (NAN)