ITF empowers 100 youths in Sokoto

He added that the beneficiaries were selected from the 23 Local Government Areas of Sokoto State, and that a total of 3,905 beneficiaries were equipped with two skills across the country.


The Director-General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, says 100 youths have been trained on plumbing, pipe fitting, catering and event management in Sokoto State.


Ari made the assertion on Wednesday in Sokoto at the graduation ceremony of and distribution of start-up packs to beneficiaries of  the 2021 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).


He said that equipping Nigerians with technical skills acquisition was a solution to tackling increasing unemployment in the country.


The director-general, represented by Director Legal and Council Affairs Department in ITF headquarters, Hajiya Safiya Abubakar, said the graduands were part of 2021 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) designed for Nigerians.


He added that the beneficiaries were selected from the 23 Local Government Areas of Sokoto State, and that a total of 3,905 beneficiaries were equipped with two skills across the country.


He observed that Nigerians were averse to skills acquisition which could create more jobs and reduce to the barest minimum the issue of unemployment confronting the nation.


According to him,  ITF is the leading human capital development institution in the country and has commenced the process of repositioning its programmes and activities.


He listed NISDP, Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), and Agri-preneurship Skills as some of the skill intervention programmes implemented by the fund.


Others include  Empowerment Programme (AGSEP), Federal Government Skills Empowerment Programme (FEGOSEP), Special Skills Intervention Programme (SSIP), Modular Skills Development Programme and Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP).


He said efforts were made to prepare the nation’s workforce in line with the Fund’s mandate of developing a pool of qualified Nigerians to man the public and private sectors of the national economy.


He explained that the ITF was committed to doing the same with equal or even greater impact, given the centrality of human capital development to the actualisation of the different empowerment plans as it had achieved previously.


Ari appealed to state governments and private sectors to intensify effort in complementing the Federal Government’s effort of ensuring job creation in the country.




In his remark, the Sokoto Area Manager of ITF, Mr Dauda Mshelizah, said that technical skills were integral to the growth and development of any society across the globe.


Mshelizah explained that effective utilisation of the skill acquisition model remained the most sustainable antidote to poverty and unemployment as well as a veritable catalyst to economic growth and development.


He said distribution of start-up packs after the three months training was to enable graduands to start their businesses in their respective areas and urged them not sell the items.


Earlier, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, commended ITF and the Federal Government on the efforts and assured continued partnership for the benefits of the citizens.


Tambuwal, represented by the Sokoto State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Bashir Gudado Jegawa, added that the move would go a long way in assisting the state government’s effort  to create jobs  for sustainable development.


Some of the beneficiaries, Malam Mustapha Bello and Hauwa’u Muhammad, expressed gratitude over the support and assured judicious  utilisation of the items to enhance their well-being.




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