The Federal Government through the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has kicked-off a joint vocational training programmes on skills acquisition.
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum who declared the ceremony open in Abuja said the event showcased the commitment of the Federal Government towards improving the country’s economy and livelihood of the citizenry, by equipping the youth with requisite skills for entrepreneurship and employability.
This is in spite of the negative effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Amb. Katagum said that job creation leads to poverty reduction and improved welfare for the poor, adding that: “President Muhammadu Buhari led –administration has deliberately placed a lot of emphasis on skills acquisition, as a vehicle to generate employment, increase employability of the youth and alleviate poverty”.
“It is therefore heartwarming, to note that the ITF has fully keyed into this initiative and is reaching out to different partners in order to deepen and actualize this policy thrust.”
Katagum commended the ITF for the notable efforts it has been making towards equipping Nigerians with life skills that would add value to the economy and therefore appealed to other critical stakeholders to follow the example of the ITF and the NCDMB in this direction.
She also urged the trainees to make good use of the opportunity and use the skills to be acquired not only to put food on the table but also contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of Nigeria.