ITF begins skills acquisition programme for IDPs

ITF begins skills acquisition programme for IDPs


MONEYTHE Industrial Training Fund has concluded plans to commence a skills acqui­sition project for Internally Displaced Persons in Nige­ria.

The initiative, according to the Director-General, ITF, Dr. (Mrs.) Juliet Chukkas- Onaeko, is in line with the Federal Government’s com­mitment to reduce poverty and crime across the country.

Speaking when she paid an unscheduled visit to the camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Jos, the DG assured the IDPs that the agency, in line with its mandate, would pro­vide vocational and techni­cal trainings to help open up employment opportuni­ties for them, noting that the training programmes would kick off very soon.

This, she said, would en­able residents to learn vari­ous trades during their stay in the IDP camps and take the number of trained Nige­rians beyond the targetted two million annually.

She said, “the Federal Government is determined to ensure that all the people in the internally displaced persons camps nationwide are empowered with skills acquisition opportunities, so that by the time people move back to their homes, they will make what they have learnt relevant to the larger society.

“Providing skills acqui­sition opportunities for the IDPs would go a long way towards improving their present situation while also reducing the urge to engage in violent or criminal activi­ties.”

Chukkas-Onaeko com­mended individuals and or­ganisations that had donated various relief materials for the welfare of the displaced persons, noting that while these materials were needed in the immediate and short terms, lifelong skills acqui­sition would also be relevant now and in the future.

“It is the desire of the ITF to partner relevant organisa­tions in order to help these Nigerians acquire relevant skills and put them to work. This way, they will be able to rebuild their lives whenever they leave these camps,” she stated.

Earlier, the ITF boss had disclosed that it had achieved over 70 per cent job placement for its trainees across major sectors of the Nigerian economy.

She said the ITF’s focus was to ensure 100 per cent employment for trainees that benefitted from its various trainings conducted in col­laboration with the Nigeria Employers Consultative As­sociation (NECA) and other organisations.

She said, “our focus is to achieve 100 per cent em­ployment for all trainees that come on the platform. And so far, I would say that we have done quite well. Up to 70 per cent get retained by the com­panies that work with us to train these people, and some go to sister companies, that offer the same services, and they get employed.