Director General industrial Training Fund-ITF Sir Joseph Ari made the declaration that “Nigerians have to step up their games in developed and yet to be developed skills in order to attract new job opportunities within the nation”.
This he made clear during the debut of the 2017 National Skills Development Programme-NSDP at the Trans-Amusement Park, Ibadan, Oyo State.
“What is more worrisome is the fact that despite the number of Nigerians without works, several survey including those conducted by the ITF have revealed that vacancies exist in some sectors of the economy that are currently being filled by persons other than Nigerians because of the lack of requisite technical skills by our people” said the DG.
Against the backdrop of foreign displacement, Mrs. Adesola Taiwo Director Field Services Department, who represented Sir Joseph, in appropriation said “youths were trained in Tiling, Aluminum, Hair dressing and Cosmetology, Refrigerator and Air Conditioning Repair”. Through her, he enjoined all stakeholders to be set to check the trend. This actually was what mused the commission to resolve to establish NSD Programmes.
He therefore challenged for voluntary cooperation and partnership with the agency to deal with the skill-Achilles heel and arraign Nigerians on the track to sustainable development through heightened skill acquisition programmes.
However, Sir Ari furthered that in the sum of 18 States, 84,100 citizens have endured training in 30 trades and crafts in the light of the National Skills Development Programme-NSDP.