The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), and an international non-governmental organization Sightsavers, which promotes disability rights have trained 32 physically challenged Nigerians on different skills.
The skills, computer hardware, event management, catering, phone repair, photography and poultry management.
At the graduation in Abuja, the Director-General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari explained that the agency has made the training of physically challenged persons a priority.
According to him, 34 persons enrolled for the training but 2 couldn’t continue.
The DG who was represented by ITF’s Kaduna area manager, Yahaya Manu
On his part, the country director of Sightsavers Nigeria, Dr Sunday Isiyaku said the rationale behind their partnership with the ITF was to transform the labour market system to be disability-inclusive.
He said the courses were carefully selected for the persons with disability due to their relevance to the labour market while admonishing the graduands to apply the knowledge gathered during their training to start their business.
The Director of the training, Hajia Halima Rabo said the three months training was basically 70% practical and 30% theory.
One of the beneficiaries, Olatunji lycoln thanked ITF and the NGO, Sightsavers for the opportunity given for them to be self-employed.
Starter packs were presented to the 32 participants.
Meanwhile, 30 persons with disability were also trained in Lagos and Kano states respectively.
Reporting by Victoria Chimeze; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino