SGF urges ITF to establish skill acquisition hubs in 774 councils
by Abbas Jimoh
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha has urged the management of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to establish skills acquisition hubs in the 774 local governments of the federation to accelerate the economic growth and employment policy of government.
He gave the advice yesterday in Abuja when he received the Director-General\CEO of the ITF Sir Joseph Ari and other management staff in his office.
Mustapha challenged the fund to step up efforts in developing the Nigerian youths with hands-on skills to enable them become self-reliant and entrepreneurs which will have positive effects on the economy.
“If we don’t provide skills for those boys, we have a time bomb in the future. The need for modern skills acquisition is the direction that this nation should go. The deficiency of it is the reason why Nigeria has not turned around economically,” Mustapha said in a statement signed by a spokesman in his office Andrew Agyo Uhwe.
He lamented the patronage of Nigeria to other African countries’ skills which he believed, can be fully developed in the country and urged the management to upgrade and update the knowledge of its staff on current skills and certification.
Speaking earlier, the DG of the ITF Sir Joseph Ari said he and his team visited the SGF to congratulate him on his appointment by Mr President and also to intimate him on the operations of the fund.
He said that in December 2017, ITF trained about 300 youths with requisite skills to enable them become entrepreneurs and reduce poverty and unemployment which is in line with the overall objective of the Buharis’ government on empowering Nigerians.