The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has concluded plan to identify arable lands owned by the Fund to establish demonstration farms, which will be used for the training of extension workers and youths nationwide.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Suleyol Fred Chagu, head of public relations of ITF.
Chagu said the demonstration farm was just a part of a wider plan of the Fund’s continued efforts to improve its service delivery and facilitate the actualization of its mandate of equipping Nigerians with requisite skills for employment.
According to Chagu, the Fund has concluded arrangements to begin the implementation of its second phase of its plan, christened ‘ITF Reviewed Vision: Strategies for Mandate Actualization’ of which the farm is just a part.
The first phase of the plan, which was implemented between 2016 and early 2020, according to the statement, equipped over 500,000 Nigerians with skills, 70 percent of which are now gainfully employed or are successful entrepreneurs.
She said that the Director General of the Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, while unveiling the plan during an engagement with top management of the Fund, said he was expecting ‘hundred percent homegrown’, targeted at rectifying the pitfalls observed in the implementation of the first phase, while also seeking to build on the achievements of the first phase and support the initiatives of the Federal Government, especially in the Agricultural sector.
In a related event, the Director General, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari has stated that despite COVID-19 disadvantage to the world economy, it has also given birth to new ideas and innovations that would make people adjust favourably amidst the pandemic.
Ari, at an interactive session with newsmen in Jos, Plateau State, assured Nigerians that the country would come out stronger and healthier from the pandemic ravaging the world.
The DG said the unfortunate development has led to the closure of many viable industries in the country, with many out of jobs, adding that ITF has put all these into consideration in its reviewed vision for 2020-2024 through skills acquisition programmes.
He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari has rolled out new economic policies, aimed at revamping the country’s economy, create jobs and wealth for the citizens.
The Director General, who was disturbed that Nigeria is yet to be member of World Skills Summit, which avails nations of the world the opportunity to know the trending skills acquisition, added that ITF has mapped out plans to ensure Nigeria is registered under President Buhari to prepare citizens to function effectively in infrastructural and skills development.