Yakubu Busari, Jos
The National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) has graduated no fewer than 500 artisans who were trained for 3 months in tailoring and fashion design, welding and fabrication in Plateau State as part of the phased programme targeting 11,000 trainees across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT
The Executive Director General of Industrial Training Funds ,(ITF) Sir Joseph Ari who disclosed this at the crest hotel in Jos, the Plateau state capital, said those trained in plumbing and pipe-fitting were carefully selected based on their potential in the value chain of the construction industry and to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
Ari explained further that the “decision to provide the packs was informed by our tracking and monitoring of trainees of earlier phases, which revealed that where supported with start-up packs, 90 per cent of the trainees went on to be successful entrepreneurs, or even employers of labour. Conversely where they were not, they were not as successful.”
He disclosed that the programme is the result of the committed and relentless “efforts of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in line with our mandate, and as our contribution to the Federal Government’s policy of job/wealth creation and poverty reduction, by equipping as many youths as possible with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
He prayed and hoped that 2018 will be better in all ramifications than the preceding year.
“The start-up packs that are being distributed today should be viewed as our practical example and message to our stakeholders especially state governors and other members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) that training without corresponding support will not lead to expected outcomes”, he said.
Thanking the Special Guest of Honour and governor of the state, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, “who has kindly accepted to grace this occasion”, he commended other governors that have so far equipped trainees in their states with start-up packs.
“Here is a word of caution to the beneficiaries: the start-up packs to be presented to you shortly are of high standard and therefore cost the ITF several millions of Naira to procure. Do not contemplate selling any of the items presented to you. Please go out and prove to the world that the 3-months you endured were worth the while. Your destiny in your own hands, do not toy with it.
He reminded people that ITF is implementing the Technical Skills Development Projects (TSDP), Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), and Agripreneur among other skill acquisition programmes that are targeted at job/wealth creation and sought the co-operation and assistance of stakeholders for the realisation of objectives of the programme.