Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will not develop cold feet towards engaging women and youths in meaningful ventures that will better position and boost their social and economic status.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated while declaring open the 2022 Industrial Training Fund ITF/Gombe State skills development programme for 300 participants at the Educational Resource Centre Gombe.
Represented by the Secretary to the Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the State Governor observed that the training is not only timely but also in tandem with his administration’s policy aimed at engaging women and youths into meaningful ventures so as to be self-reliant as well as contribute positively to the development of the State.
The Governor commended the Industrial Training Fund on the successes it recorded in the past years under the leadership of Sir Joseph Ari, who has transformed and refocused the organization.
“I commend the Director-General, his Management and entire staff of the Fund for their commitment, dedication and hard work, which has led to the empowerment of thousands of Nigerian Youths with requisite skills for entrepreneurship and employability in line with poverty reduction and job creation efforts by Federal Government”.
The Governor appreciated the efforts of the ITF for choosing Gombe to conduct the training for Women and Youths in the State.
“I have no doubt that the training will equip participants with the requisite entrepreneurial skills for self-reliance”.
He congratulated the participants for the rare opportunity and privilege to be selected to benefit from this programme and therefore urge them to be good ambassadors of their various communities and be shining example for others to emulate.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya explains that the most enduring solution to tackle the twin problems of poverty and unemployment is skills acquisition.
“For Nigeria to be truly industrialized, we all have to take the acquisition of relevant and contemporary skills seriously. China, Germany, Brazil Singapore, Taiwan and Japan to mention but a few, are all where they are today in terms of advancement due to the system they have put in place to ensure their citizens are equipped with requisite skills”.
He said his administration is taken necessary steps to ensure that the women and youths are equipped with requisite skills for self-reliance and sustainability through the collaboration with relevant organizations.
“The Government is putting a lot of efforts in training teaming youth in various trades so as to generate pool of skilled hands to provide the manpower needs of the State and Nation in general.
I want to encourage you to remain focused and not to misuse the opportunity given to you. I urge you to make good use of the opportunity to acquire the skills on the trades given to you so that you can become self-employed and employers of labour with a view to contribute to the growth and development of not just the State but the nation at large”
The Governor urge the resource persons to equip the participants with all the necessary knowledge and techniques and to the participants be attentive be and ask relevant questions during the training.
The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Joseph Ari said the Fund has be re-energize to provide training for women and youths across the country especially in the face non availability of white colar jobs.
Represented by the Head of Training of the Fund Engr. Ibrahim Yusuf the Director General thanked the Gombe State Government for her interest in developing the capacity of women and youths in the State.
Earlier speaking the Commissioner of Youth Development Abubakar Aminu Musa charged beneficiaries of the programme to take advantage of the training sessions in order to improve their economic conditions.
He commended Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for expeditiously providing the enabling environment for the selection of participants for the training programme which is expected to last for three weeks.
A total of 300 women and youths are to benefit from the 3 weeks long vocational training which will cover areas like solar installation, Aluminium Fabrication and hair dressing.
While Gombe State Government is sponsoring 150 participants, the Industrial Training Fund ITF is taking the responsibility for the remaining 150.
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