Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FG flags off vocational training for 1,000 Sokoto youths 'Youths skills empowerment can transform Nigeria' - ITF boss

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WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 transformation agenda is aimed at turning the nation's quantitative human and physical resources advantage especially in youths to a more productive level for economic growth, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund(ITF), Professor Longmas Sambo said on Monday.

Speaking in Sokoto at the flag off ceremony for 1,000 Sokoto youths for the second phase vocational training under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) achored by the ITF, Professor Sambo said the programme was initiated in response to skills shortages identified by ITF-UNIDO 2012 studies.

The training is expected to guarantee graduates of setting up businesses in the three trades of Welding, Plumbing and Autotronics as well provide avenue for becoming potential members in Business Members Organisations.

Besides, Sambo pointed out that the programmes would further mop-up unemployment and facilitate that actualisation of the transformation agenda in line with the Vision 20:2020 course.

According to the Director General who was represented by the Sokoto ITF Area Manager, Usman Sani Yandoton Daji, the thrust of the programme was to shore up the skills shortages by building the capacity of youths for employment and self reliance.

He said the programme was first flagged off last December with a total of 10,000 youths from Abia, Bauchi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Kano, Oyo, Plateau and the FCT, Abuja for training and entrepreneur programme for three months.

" The second phase is scheduled for implementation across 14 states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina. Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Ogun, ondo and Sokoto," he said.

He explained that the Bank of Industry would provide the NISDP graduates access to " Start Up" loan facilities, adding" SMEDAN is to provide the NISDP graduates the entrepreneurship development and training skills."

According to Sambo" this will provide window of opportunities for the organised private sector to draw from the pool of skilled technical manpower that will be generated at the end of the training period.”

Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko who noted that the programme had far reaching impact on Nigeria youths, said is a tool for general economic growth.

He said youths were critical to the nation's productivity level and therefore, " the state government set its projection for training of 50, 000 youths annually to curb rural- urban migration and social ills across the state.

Wamakko stated that" we have established various skills acquisition and vocational centres where various trades and technical training are conducted for both male and female youths including married women."

According to him, " it has started yielding beneficial results instead of waiting for white collar jobs."

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