The Director-General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir Joseph Ari has assured the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari that Industrial Training Fund in the next four years under him will play strong roles in helping the government to implement its policies and programmes of industrialization in the country
Ari stated this in Jos at the weekend during his church Thanksgiving Service held at Saint Monica Catholic Church Rantya State low cost
According to Ari under his first tenure ,they were able to build “the modern library complex that would accommodate e-learning facilities for Engineering, Arts and Humanities Social Sciences, among others.
Ari said he believed that the 21st century library will enhance the capacity of staff to perform their duties.
“As a leader in human capacity development and educative agency, we are charged to be the forerunner in innovation.”
Ari, also disclosed that within the same period, he unveiled the 2nd phase of the ITF revised vision and strategies for mandate actualisation which is expected to terminate in 2022.
According to him, the numerous challenges that COVID-19 has wreaked on the world altered many things, and as result, the reviewed document had to be reviewed again so that it can properly propel the desired achievements.
Ari said that over 500,000 Nigerians had been trained on technical vocational skills, saying that 80% of them are living sustainably either as paid employees or employers of labour.
He added that due to the bleak unemployment outlook occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with their mandate as well, his management constituted a committee to thoroughly review the reviewed vision and take into cognisance the pitfalls of the first phase and the many challenges that are confronting the organisation and the economy at large.
Ari said the pandemic has not only claimed lives, but has also wiped out whole industries and sources of livelihood of many, hence the urgent need for another review as a result of they emerging realities because in Nigeria there are projections of a rise in unemployment and job loss.
The Industrial Training Fund, ITF under him was able to establish a regional office in Gombe State to coordinate and oversee the training of youths in skills development across the North-East sub-region of the country.
Ari noted that at a time when white collar jobs are scarce, coupled with dwindling economy, governments at all levels must encourage skills development if the country must grow and become a power house in the manufacturing sector.
He regretted the level of insecurity in the North-East and some parts of the country, saying, if the youths are empowered, the crisis rocking the region would have been averted.