By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Industrial Training Fund, (ITF) has identified unemployment and poverty as the basis, among the major cause of civil unrest in Nigeria.
Director General of the Fund, Sir Josphe Ari made the disclosure in Jos on Monday, at the graduation ceremony of 221 artisans in three different skills acquisitions.
According to ITF chief executive, unemployment has contributed largely in most of the violence crisis involving youth.
“There is no doubt that unemployment has wrought a terrible damage on all facets of our national life. No reasonable analysis will divorce, claimed thousands of lives across the nation.”
Sir Ari told the gathering that the graduands of the skills acquisution trainees have been certified to work in the public domain any where in the country.
“We believe that given the intensity and the very practical nature of the trai, which was 80 percent practical and 20 percent theory, they were well equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes for them to thrive as employees or as entrepreneurs.”
He said the aim for the training of youths is to ensure that Nigerian youths are equipped with skills to be selfless, thereby reduced unemployment and redundancy among active youths to be self reliance.
On his part, the governor of Plateau state Simon Lalong, through his deputy Prof Sonni Tyoden, while speaking at the graduation ceremony commended ITF for the wonderful job been done.
The governor acknowledged the contributions of the Fund in reducing unemployment rste across Nigeria, through skills acquisitions.
The ITF boss used the occasion and thanked the Plateau state government for providing enabling environment and also sponsoring some of the trainees.
Joseph Area revealed that under his watch as ITF chief executive, the Fund has trained over 200,000 Nigerians.
Earlier in an address, the Jos Area office manager of the Industrial Training Fund Khadijatu Mudi, on whose jurisdiction the the graduands underwent various training, in an address of welcome said another batch of the trainees shall soon be unveiled.
The ITF Jos Area office manager revealed further that the 221 trainees been graduated Monday, are from the initial 350 persons engaged in the training of over eight different skills acquisition programmes.
“Today, we are graduating the fist batch of two hundred and twenty one NISDP trainees out of three hundred and fifty in Plateau state.”
The 221 graduate trainees, were trained in Solar Energy Installations, catering and events, and autogelle/beauty care.
The raduands were presented with start up parks of their chosen career; charged not to sell them off.