No fewer than 600 unemployed graduates from Ondo and Ekiti states have benefited from the vocational training programmme organised by the Industrial Training Fund.
The youths were trained in various vocational skills such as tailoring and fashion designing, plumbing and pipe-fitting, welding and fabrication.
Three hundred youths were picked from each of the two states.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programmme organised by the ITF in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Friday, the Director-General of the agency, Mr. Joseph Ari, said the programme was part of the contribution of the ITF to the Federal Government’s policy of job creation and poverty reduction.
Represented by the Director of Revenue Inspectorate Department, Mr. Abdurazak Adeniran, the DG said the programme was meant to equip as many youths as possible with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
Each of the trainees was presented with start-up packs (equipment) to begin their own business after the training.
Ari said, “Today’s event marks a watershed since we commenced the implementation of the NISDP as we have taken a step further from mere training and equipping the youths with knowledge and skills, but also to provide them with start-up packs to enable them to set up their businesses and hit the ground running.”
In his remarks, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, who was represented by the state’s Head of Service, Mr. Toyin Akinkuotu, commended the ITF for the gesture.
He said that the ITF had proved that the government’s policy was not only on paper as it had been in the past but it was addressing the most difficult problems of the nation.
He warned the trainees not to sell the starter packs but use it to earn a living, promising that the state government would complement the ITF’s efforts by giving them loans to run their businesses.
The governor asked them to organise themselves into cooperatives in order to access the loan.
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