The Ogun State Government says in its quest to stamp out unemployment among its teeming youths, it will continue to partner the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and allied agencies.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who stated this in Abeokuta at the closing ceremony of the 2018 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), said government has been partnering with ITF to achieve its objective of creating wealth over the years.
Governor Amosun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, maintained that there was dire need for all stakeholders in the country to come up with life transforming initiatives that would further address the issues of skill-gaps and youth empowerment, reiterating his administration’s readiness to continue partnering the Agency.
‘’We congratulate ITF for its numerous life changing initiatives for our teeming youths. Everything and anything about ITF excites me because it is all about youth development and empowerment. The State government is indeed appreciative of the ITF laudable efforts and we promise to continually give our support at all times’’, the Governor added.
Earlier in his remark, the Director-General of the agency, Sir Joseph Ari, represented by the Agency’s Director of Revenue, Mr. Steve Ojigo, revealed that the NISDP initiative was one of the numerous skill acquisition intervention programmes, aimed at facilitating the Federal Government’s policy on job opportunities and wealth creation.
Dr. Ari, who posited that any society that neglects the development of its human capital was bound to retrogress, saying that, the Agency decided to focus on skill acquisition for the youths, as a veritable tool towards ending unemployment.
Speaking also, the Area Manager of the Fund in the State, Mrs. Funmi Coker, disclosed that 300 indigenes drawn from the three Senatorial Districts, successfully participated in the training, which focused on catering, events management, tiling and Plaster of Paris and Aluminium fabrication and installation, adding that all the trainees would be provided with start-up packs, for immediate take off of their vocations