By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Over 300 indigenes across the three Senatorial Districts of Ogun State are to benefit from the Federal Government’s policy, to provide free skill acquisition for Nigerian Youths through Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
The Deputy Director /Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mrs Funmi Coker, who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Afolabi Afuape in his office in Abeokuta, said the initiative was an implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government towards promoting self employment among the youths.
She said in a statement made available to the spokes person of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Adeniyi Akinbobola that the Federal Government in collaboration with ITF and Bank of Industries (BOI) are working hand in hand to tackle unemployment in the country, adding that, through the programme, the 300 indigenes would be empowered in various skills acquisition of their choices.
The training according to Coker, which will commence first week in August, would focus on catering, event management, tiling, POP designs and aluminium installations.
She disclosed that the trainees, after the programme would be empowered with start up equipment and capital, saying, the initiatives which began in 2013, was being implemented in the 36 states of the Federation.
Afuape while lauding the initiative, described it as veritable means of disabusing the minds of the youth against over-reliance on white collar jobs, advising the organisers to consider youths from all the Local Government Areas, as well as the Local Council Development Areas of the State.
He reiterated the present administration’s commitment to any agenda aimed at keeping the youth off the streets, to enable them earn legitimate means of livelihood, pledging government’s support towards successful implementation of the programme.