Following the re-appointment of Sir Joseph Ari, as the Director-General/Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for a second term of 4 years, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) commends President Muhammadu Buhari for recognizing the unusual strides and achievements of the ITF under the leadership of Sir Joseph Ari.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, the Director-General of NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale stated that “the re-appointment of Sir Joseph Ari as Director-General/Chief Executive of ITF is a welcome development because the ITF, under his leadership has become more focused, result-oriented, achievement-driven and strategically repositioned in the pursuit of the aims and objectives of the ITF. The strides achieved in the development of critical and technically Skilled manpower for industries and national development is commendable and worthy of emulation.”
While urging Sir Joseph Ari not to rest on his oars, the NECA Boss urged that “the verifiable achievements of technical skills development of the past four years should motivate the newly re-appointed DG into greater actions. The challenge of increasing youth unemployment and paucity of critical technical skills for national development has become an emergency. While the ITF, under Sir Joe Ari has done creditably well, we urge Government to show more commitment in the promotion of technical skills development as a panacea for the nation’s industrial development challenge.”
Concluding his remarks, Dr. Timothy Olawale expressed that “we congratulate the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo and the generality of the ITF family for the re-appointment of an achiever as the DG/Chief Executive of the ITF”.
It would be recalled that Sir Ari was first appointed into the position on 26th September, 2016.
Through the ITF Reviewed Vision: Strategies for Mandate Actualisation, which he unveiled on assumption, the Fund under Sir Ari trained over 500,000 Nigerians, who are today earning sustainable livelihoods as paid employees, or as entrepreneurs that are employing others.
In addition, the Fund established five new Area Offices at Abakiliki in Ebonyi State, Badagry in Lagos State, Owerri in Imo State, Rumuokwuta in Rivers State and Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to expand its services so as to reach out to more Nigerians.
It also completed and commissioned six abandoned projects, namely; the Industrial Skills Training Centre (ISTC), Kano Mechatronics Workshop and Administrative Block, the Katsina Area Office Complex with vocational wing, Lagos Island Area Office, Modern Library Complex and Central Stores at the Headquarters, and a block of classrooms at the ITF Staff School, Jos.
As part of efforts to address infrastructural deficits, the Fund has equally completed eight additional projects, which are awaiting commissioning. Most of these projects have vocational wings for the equipping of Nigerians with the relevant and requisite skills.