Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has urged beneficiaries of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) to ensure they put into use the start-up packs given to them by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) after successful completion of their training.
The governor gave the advice in Awka during the graduation ceremony and the distribution of start-up packs to beneficiaries of the 2020 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
Obiano who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth empowerment and Creative Economy, Ministry, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie, warned them not to contemplate selling the packs, saying government would be compelled to sell their father’s land to recover the packs.
He said, “The ministry of Youths Empowerment participated fully and you can attest we were around to witness what you were doing.
“The same way, we’re not leaving you behind, but we’ll continue to ensure you put all these to use because some people may have the tendency to sell off these packs.
“That’s why you signed the guarantor’s forms. If we find out you sold these, we’ll sell your fathers’ land and recover them. If you’re here to collect these, please put them into use, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a step.
“We’re equipping you to be responsible Umu Anambra so these killings, rioting, protests will stop. During the EndSARS protest, the youths said they want to be empowered. Today, ITF is empowering 105 of you.”
Earlier, the Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari said a total of 3,530 out of 200,000 Nigerians have been equipped with skills for employability and entrepreneurship in Anambra State since the inception of the programme.
Ari, who was represented by the Director of Finance, Mr. Stephen Ivarave said a total of 105 youths who were to receive the startup kits underwent a 3-6 months training in Fashion Design and Garment Making; Cosmetology and
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
He said the Agency had remained committed to technical skills despite challenging environment further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, describing skills acquisition as the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment and poverty and a catalyst to national economic growth and development.
“Our commitment is also based on our belief that until most Nigerians are equipped with competitive technical skills, we will, as a nation continue to fight a losing battle against the blights of poverty and unemployment and their attendant consequences.
“Such obvious consequences have manifested across the country in the form of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and a host of other criminal acts and harmful social vices that are being perpetrated by Nigerians,” he said.
Also speaking, Area Manager, ITF Awka Area office, Mrs. Ekong Nancy said the trainees were coached and mentored by six competent master trainers stationed in the various centers throughout the duration of the programme.
She expressed optimism of immediate commencement of business by the graduands after being empowered with quality skills training and start up packs by the ITF, access to “start-up loan by the Bank of Industry (BOI) and provision of entrepreneurship development training from Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN).