The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund Joseph Ari has said the body has equipped over 20 million Nigerians with skills for entrepreneurship since its inception in October 1971.
Ari said this on Tuesday in Abeokuta during the 2019 interactive forum for clients and stakeholders in Ogun State.
The forum with the theme ‘Vocational Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development: A solution to a secured and sustainable future in Ogun State’ had the deputy governor of the state, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, as a keynote speaker.
The DG, whose speech was read by the Area Manager/Deputy Director of the ITF, Abeokuta Area Office, Mrs. Funmi Coker, said the forum was one of the several strategies and initiatives of the body to bring together clients and stakeholders for interaction.
According to Ari, the ITF remains the foremost human capacity development agency in the country with the mandate to provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skills in industry and commerce, among others.
He said, “The ITF over the years has equipped over 20 million Nigerians nationwide since its inception with skills for employability and entrepreneurships.
“The contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the national economy cannot be easily qualified.”
Salako-Oyedele said acquisition of vocational skills and entrepreneurship had made a significant positive turnaround in the lives of many youths.
She said, “The nation’s neglect of vocational skill and entrepreneurship education has contributed to the downturn in the nation’s economy and subsequently individual development.
Salko-Oyedele said the state government believed that through vocational skill acquisition and entrepreneurship, poverty and hunger could be dealt with decisively