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FG tells ITF trainees not to sell start-up kits, to embrace hands on skills

The Federal Government on Monday told the just graduated trainees of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) not to sell the start-up kits provided for them to enable them (trainees) start practising in their chosen fields of training. This is in order to become self-employed, create jobs and also contribute to the economy of the country.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Abuja, Richard Adebayo, minister of industry, trade and investment, said the NISDP programme organised by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) had built the capacity of thousands of youth with hands-on skills for employability.

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He noted, “The aim of the programme is to empower youths and give them the capacity to contribute to the economy of the country.”

Represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Nasir Gwarzo, the minister stated, “I urge you never to ever consider selling these start-up packs.”

Similarly, the secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, equally admonished the trainees to take their training serious and make adequate use of the equipment provided for them by the government.

Also represented by the permanent secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, Andrew Adejo expressed confident that equipping Nigerians with skills would contribute to reducing unemployment and also boost the capacity of the young population in contributing meaningfully to the nation’s economy.

According to him, “With the Federal Government’s efforts to turn around the fortunes of the citizenry and effectively tackle poverty and unemployment, we need people to be equipped with requisite skills for increased production and delivery of goods and services.

“Of course a direct effect of a skilled population, especially amongst the youths would translate to a drastic reduction in social vices such as drug abuse, kidnapping and banditry amongst others” he noted.

On his part, the director-general of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari, said the NISDP programme was one of the numerous skills acquisition intervention programmes introduced and implemented by the Fund to facilitate the achievement of the Federal Government policy on job and wealth creation.

He explained that the programme was “focuses on skills acquisition to create jobs to stem rampant unemployment and breed a new generation of entrepreneurs, in order to transform the economic landscape of the country.

“Since its inception, the NISDP has equipped over 200,000 Nigerians nationwide and 18,000 from the FCT with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.

“This phase of the programme, which closing ceremony is taking place today, commenced in the last quarter of 2019. The training lasted between 3 and 6 months, depending on the trade. In all, over 11,000 Nigerians were equipped with skills in 9 trades namely, Leather Works (Shoe and Bag Making), Welding and Fabrication, Catering and Event Management, Tiling, Production and Laying of Interlock Tiles, Furniture Making, Domestic Electrical Wiring and Installation, Solar Energy Installation, Plumbing and Pipefitting, and Autogelle and Beauty Care,” he stated.

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