Acting Director-general of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Dicson Onuoha, has assured staffs of the fund of his Management’s determination to improve their welfare to enable them perform better on their duty posts for the overall interest of the fund as ITF belongs to all.
Onuoha, who stated this at ITF Headquarters while addressing members of staff drawn from Headquarters, Jos Area Office, Staff School and Centre for Excellence Bukuri, said the training and retraining of staff would be intensified to sharpen their skills for higher productivity.
“The present Management attaches high premium to building the internal capacity of staff. You cannot provide quality service to our clients without being abreast with current trends in the industry,” he said.
He reiterated the commitment of the Fund to key into the economic diversification policy of the Federal Government, stressing that no meaningful growth in the economy could take place without availability of skilled manpower.
Onuoha, who posits that the current focus of the ITF on training for job creation will assist the ongoing effort to curb insecurity and reduce unemployment across the country, however, called on the staff to contribute innovative ideas that will assist in the actualization of Mr. President’s vision for a greater Nigeria.
He used the occasion to notify staff of the scheduled take-off of the 5th Phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), slated for April 11, 2016 in 13 States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; stressing that the programme will run in the remaining States in batches.
Responding, Members of staff at the parley commended the visionary leadership of the Ag. Director General, especially the turn- around within a short time of assumption of Office, and also commended his decision to expand and deepen the collaboration between the ITF and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) on the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP) and the Cement Technology Institute of Nigeria (CTIN), for the training of 350 Artisans per State on skills in the construction industry.