The Federal Government has commended the initiative between the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) in their determination to escalate skills development in the economy.
The Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON gave the commendation at a virtual meeting held today with critical Stakeholders and Partners on skills development.
The aim of the meeting was to give a report on the success and progress of the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) so far.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo also directed the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to harmonize all operations related to skills development by all MDAs across the country, as enshrined in the ITF Act, in order to achieve greater success in TVET.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Senator (Dr) Chris Ngige; Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; and Representatives of Honourable Minister of Education.
The Honourable Ministers also addressed the report of the Project and the Concept Note, benchmarking it with those of other climes.
In their separate contributions the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Senator (Dr) Chris Ngige; Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare lauded the partnership between ITF and NECA urging the two organisations to strive towards synergy and collaboration with other stakeholders charged with skills development.
The ITF-NECA Technical skills Development Project has worked with 42 Participating Organisations across the country and has equipped over 8,000 Nigerian Youths annually with requisite skills for employment, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
Speaking after the meeting, the Director General ITF, Sir Joseph N. Ari and Director General NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale praised the commitment of Government in tackling the challenges of unemployment and underemployment.
They said the vigor with which the Government was pursuing its job and wealth creation agenda would surely place the country on a sound path of economic growth and development.
The DGs also pledged to immediately swing into action in order to implement the directive of the Vice President to harmonize technical and vocational skills training in the Nigerian economy as enshrined in the ITF Act.
The ITF-NECA TSDP is one collaboration between Public and Private Agencies that has shown clear evidence of success.
“From just six trade areas at its inception, the Project now boasts of over forty trade areas with over 8,000 youths trained annually for the industries. With greater support from Government, the current challenges of limited funds, high costs of TVET training and wrong perception of TVET education could be surmounted”.