By Martin Paul in Abuja
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) says arrangements have been concluded for the training of 18,000 Nigerians on skills development on various vocation this year.
Director General of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, said in Abuja that the training programme would span for three to six months depending on area of focus.
Ari said 11,000 would be trained on National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) while 360 would be for Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP).
Ninety others would be trained on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and another 90 on Design and Garment Making, both on training on wheels
Skills Training and Empowerment Programme for the Physically Challenged (STEPP-2) ,according to him would accommodate 120 people, while Construction Skills Empowerment Programme would also take in 180 persons.
Others are Fish Farming 150, manure production 150, Crop production (Green House Technology) 150 and Poultry Farming, 150.
“However it should be noted that apart from the NISDP that will be implemented in all states of the federation, including the FCT, the rest of the programmes would be implemented on rotational basis among the states” Ari said.
He lamented the high rate of unemployment in the country, stressing that it was high time people rose in support of skills development and training as government cannot employ everybody in the country
“At this juncture iI wish to appeal to Nigerians to support government efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty through skills acquisition rather than view it as the responsibility of ITF and other agencies of government” Ari added.
He lamented that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) figure that 20.9million Nigerians were unemployed was “scary and staggering”.