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ITF, SMEDAN, BoI train 37,000 youths

Industrial Training Fund, (ITF)  has trained 37,000 youths in collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Bank of Industry (BoI) in two years, Director-General of BoI, Dr Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko has said.
She disclosed that the training was carried out under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), which was introduced by the Federal Government two years.
Director-General, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, stated these   in Lagos Wednesday, during an interactive forum with industry stakeholders organised by the Fund.
She noted that  the theme of the forum,  “Moving Forward and Succeeding Together “ was  apt and a clarion call for all its stakeholders to join in the Fund strides towards a developed and industrialized Nigeria.
Onaeko stressed that no nation develops by merely exporting raw materials without having a vibrant industrial sector, saying that for this to happen, an adequate number of skilled workforce as a pre-requisite is needed.
She revealed that the Fund came up with a four point agenda which are: increase the number of Nigerians trained to two million annually; fully automate ITF business processes and ensure 100 per cent each of collection training contributions as well as implementation of Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
According to her, the four point agenda is intended to ensure effective service delivery which would add value to the bottom line of clients’ operations and guarantee full actualization of its mandate.
She said: “As part of our commitment to building the capacity of middle level manpower in Nigeria, the ITF in conjunction with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has set up a Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP).
“The project, which currently runs in the facilities of NECA member companies, Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN) Kaduna, Niger Dock Lagos, Nigerian Breweries and ITF ISTCs in Ikeja and Kano, is set to be expanded to more facilities in order to accept more trainees.”
She charged companies which had failed in their statutory duties to change, saying: “it is only when we collectively live up to our responsibilities that our dream of a great Nigeria will be achieved.

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