Ogun to Benefit from ITF Training Programme0
Ogun State is set to benefit from the 2nd phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) under which a total of 5.5 million Nigerian youths from across the country are to be exposed to vocational skills between now and 2015.
This cheering news was made public today in Abeokuta by the Head of Training, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Abeokuta Office, Mrs. Yinka Sodunke during a courtesy call on the newly constituted Board on Technical and Vocational Education in the State.
According to Mrs. Sodunke, the programme, aimed at training and developing highly skilled entrepreneurial workforce for small and medium enterprises would start next month in the State and run for eight weeks.
She added that the programme would provide the skills to support the National Individual Revolution Plan (NIRP) and reduce youth restiveness through the provision of self-employable skillful workers.
“If we are able to train our youths, we will have a reduction in the challenges such as Boko Haram, the Niger-Delta problem and so on which the country has been facing. Nigeria will be a better place to live in and all of us will enjoy” She stated.
Speaking on the choice of Ogun State, the ITF official disclosed that it was chosen alongside 13 others because of the availability of master craftsmen, adequate training centres and facilitators as well as its economic endowment.
Responding, the Board Chairman, Dr. (Mrs.) Doyin Ogunbiyi appreciated the team for the visit and coming up with training proposals at a time that the State was undergoing transformation and re-building.
We are glad to embrace the vision at a time like this, it is a good thing that the scheme is a continuous one, ensure that Ogun State is sustained in subsequent phases and I assure you that there will be proper monitoring and ITF will have credit for it, we pledge our full cooperation
She described the development as an added value to the State which is the gateway to several parts of the country and the neighbouring Republic of Benin as well as being the cradle of civilization and education among its peers.
Underscoring the need for a re-orientation of some people who believed that vocational training skill acquisition is for failures and dropouts in the society, the Board Chairman noted that with the endowment of the State and the upcoming training, unemployment and other social vices would be adequately addressed and called on ITF to embark on massive publicity on the programme.
Source: Ogun State Government Website