Sunday Ogbu, Abakaliki
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has empowered 20 physically challenged youths from Ebonyi under its maiden phase of skills
ITF Area Manager in Ebonyi state, Mrs Ifeyinwa Osagie disclosed during the occasion that the trainees have graduated after undergoing two months intensive programme where they were impacted with skills in various vocational ventures.
“They consist of 10 males trained in Global System for Mobile-communication (GSM) repairs and 10 females trained on wig and cap making.
“The training curriculum used for the training had been tailored to favour intensified skills acquisition which equipped the trainees with relevant skills in the two-trade areas.
“It is ITF’s duty to move the Nigerian—manpower skills forward and we would not relent in building a pool of indigenous manpower sufficient to meet the nation’s economic needs,” he said.
The area manager noted that in keeping with ITF’s culture, the trainees would be presented with ‘start-up’ packs to enable them set up business immediately.
“Presentation of start-up packs to trainees is a mark of ITF’s commitment to its avowed mandate and the Federal Government (FG) policy on job creation and economic diversification.
“We are happy to reach needy Nigerians and offer them jobs but we lack the resources that will be sufficient for the teaming population.
“We therefore call on our stakeholders, state governments, the private sector and public-spirited individuals to support us in the quest for job creation and developing Nigeria’s human resource,” he said.
She commended the Ebonyi government which through its ministry of empowerment and job creation, provided relevant information that ensure equity in trainees’ selection process.
Mr Joseph Ari, Director General of ITF, said that the skills training and empowerment programme for the physically challenged was launched in August 2018 as part of its ‘implementable’ programmes.
Ari represented by Mrs Chinyere Okoroafor, said it was intended to equip Nigerians with skills for employability and entrepreneurship in line with the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Disability is phenomenon that spares no society—developed or underdeveloped, knows no boundaries and cuts across countries, sex, age, religion, race, social status, economic and political positions.
“We are concerned with the level of poverty that afflicts this sub group as nine out of every ten persons with disability in Nigeria live below poverty level,” he said.
He noted that it was the desire to improve the lots of the vulnerable group that the ITF conceived the programme to equip them with skills to strengthen them socially and economically.
“The graduation of these trainees is our first step in tie regard as I congratulate them for being the programme’s first beneficiaries.
“I therefore enjoin them to take full advantage of the opportunity
Mr Uchenna Orji, Commissioner for Empowerment and Job Creation in Ebonyi, commended the ITF for initiating such pragramme in Ebonyi which has empowered its youths to be self sufficient.
Orji represented by Mr Emmanuel Edeh, noted that the state government would always collaborate with agencies that would complement its efforts in empowering its youths, to make them employers of labour and shun crime.
Mr Victor Azudialu, Proprietor of Ogolivic Investment and one of the Trainers recruited for the programmes thanked ITF for offering him the opportunity of impacting skills into the trainees.