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Minister tasks youths on skills acquisition

Pic from right DG NECA Adewale Oyerinde , Minister of state Industry, Trade and Investment Hajia Mariam Katagum , and DG ITF Sir Joseph Ari and NECA president Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi

The Minister of Industry, trade and investment Hajia Mariam Katagum says to overcome the challenges of poverty and unemployment, greater commitment must be paid to skills acquisition.

Hajia Mariam made this known at the Industrial training fund and Nigeria employers’ Consultative Association ITF-NECA stakeholders’ dialogue and outstanding trainee’s award ceremony in Abuja.

She noted that it was with this realization that the Federal Government initiated measures, to encourage agencies vested with the mandate of equipping Nigerians with employable skills, to escalate skills acquisition to all Nigerians.

Hajia Katagum said the ITF-NECA Technical skills development project had  created avenues for dialogue, on ways of enhancing skills acquisition for national growth and development.

She explained that it had the potential to positively address some of the numerous challenges confronting the nation, including unemployment and poverty.

The trainee award recipients

The Director General of ITF sir Joseph Ari said the ITF-NECA Technical skills development project was a response to the outcome of a joint survey of “Contemporary Manpower Requirement in the Nigerian Economy”, that was carried out by both agencies.

In a keynote address, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association Mr. Adewale Oyerinde said apprenticeship and Traineeship were veritable tools for national development.

Outstanding awards were given to six trainees.

So far, the collaboration between ITF-NECA has produced over 50,000 beneficiaries.

Reporting by Victoria Chimezie, editing by Daniel Adejo