The FCT Administration has expressed readiness of collaborate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to inculcate necessary entrepreneurial and vocational skills in youth in the Territory.
This, the Administration said will help to effectively curtail the rate of unemployment in the FCT and country at large.
According to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello who gave this assurance when the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari paid a him a courtesy call on Tuesday.
“We are ready to partner with Industrial Training Fund to reduce unemployment in the Territory by ensuring that our youths acquire the necessary skills that would make them self-employed and employers of labour.
“This is especially very important now that there is so much influx of people from every part of the country into the Territory,” he stated.
Bello who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa lauded the enormous contributions of the ITF in repositioning the nation’s economy on the path of sustainable growth and development.
According to him, “We know that Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is one of the foremost institutions that has helped Nigeria economy tremendously.
“In fact, your role is even more critical now that we are having unemployment issues.”
Earlier, in his remarks, the ITF Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, explained that given the position of FCT as the gateway of Nigeria, the Agency believed that partnership with FCT Administration, particularly in the area of skill acquisition would assist immensely to achieve the dream of President Muhammadu Buhari of empowering young people with requisite skills.
He said: “We are here to synergize with FCT Administration being the gateway of Nigeria to achieve the dream of President Muhammadu Buhari which is hinged on empowering people with skills in different areas, he explained.”
The ITF boss further disclosed that the Agency has keyed into the policy of Federal Government concerning ease of doing business and other international trends.
In another development, closing ceremonies for the nationwide National Industrial Skills Development programme embarked by the ITF in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry, in the 36 states of the federation.
He said a major highlight of the event would be the presentation of starter-packs to all graduands.
According to a release by the Fund, this is to ensure that beneficiaries utilize the knowledge acquired from the training for entrepreneurship, vocational and overall economic development of the country.