The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari on Wednesday said that the Federal Government would be creating 20 million direct and indirect jobs through different skills development programmes in the country.
Ari disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of 500 youth under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) in Gombe.
Speaking at the ceremony Ari noted that the NISDP was one of the programmes that the government had introduced and is being implemented by ITF to facilitate President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy on job and wealth creation.
According to him, the initiative focuses on skills acquisition to create jobs and breed a new generation of entrepreneurs, in order to transform the economic landscape of the country.
He stated that within the last three years, the ITF, through the NISDP and other skills acquisition programmes, equipped over 450, 000 Nigerians across the country with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
“ In recognition of our efforts to tackle unemployment, the Federal Government recently inaugurated the fund to come up with multi-faceted job creation strategies that would lead to lasting solution to unemployment.
“The proposal showed that in Agriculture, which is the key factor of the Next Level Agenda, a total of 150, 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created along the agricultural value chain.
“In the construction sector, over 18, 000, 000 jobs; transport sector will have 800, 000 jobs through the Rural Transportation Empowerment Programme (RUTEP) and the Mega City Travel-Rail Based (MECIT-RB) and Mega City Travel-Bus Based (MECIT-BB) initiatives.
“For the services sector, about 200, 000 Nigerians will be equipped with skills in Auto-diagnostics and Services (ADASE), Environmental Waste Management (EWAM), creative arts as well as digital media programme and service hubs.
“ In all, a total of about 20 million direct and indirect jobs will be created through these initiatives and we believe the target is achievable, with robust supports and collaboration with state governments and the organised private sector,” he said.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, Ari said that the Federal Government would be establishing Industrial Skills Training Centre in Gombe State and this will be modelled after the Fund’s existing Industrial Skills Training Centres (ISTCs) across the country.
He said that the centre, when operational, would function as a Vocational and Technical Skills Acquisition Centre, with the state-of-the-art equipment.
He also added that aside the 500 graduates, 590 youths would be trained, and empowered with start-up kits to start their businesses in Gombe State.