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Plateau has benefited from programmes, activities of ITF - Gov Lalong




By Golok Nanmwa, Jos 

 


Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Friday said that Industrial Training Fund

ITF has done well in training of citizens of the state.


He made this known while speaking during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Fund in Jos .


Lalong said that "As the host State of the ITF’s Headquarters, Plateau State has benefited from the programmes and activities of the Fund, especially since the assumption to office of one of our illustrious sons Joseph Ari.


"Under his leadership, millions of Nigerians including Plateau Indigenes have benefited from several skill acquisition programmes of the ITF” Lalong further added.


 

He said that "I am very delighted to be invited to be part of this landmark event which is the Industrial Training Fund’s 50th Anniversary celebration. You will agree with me that attaining a milestone such as this is a very significant achievement, especially when weighed against the contributions of the ITF to the growth of the Nigerian economy through human capital development initiatives.


"We in Plateau State consider this our own celebration having been host to this great organisation that has impacted the nation’s industrial landscape. I therefore wish to use this opportunity to congratulate the Industrial Training Fund for the achievements it has recorded over the past 50 years and for its longevity"


"Since the ITF’s establishment in 1971, despite new technologies, different Government policies, and shifting economic conditions that have transformed commerce and industry, the ITF has responded and adapted appropriately to meet the needs of the economy and provide the needed workforce for industries in the country.


Lalong also said that the achievements of ITF have been visible in its products and the trainees it has graduated and pushed into the nation’s economy. 


 The. Governor further said that the  Rescue Administration in Plateau places premium on human capital development. Beyond the empowerment of our youths with skills and start-up packs, the ITF has contributed in no small measure towards the upliftment of the living conditions of its immediate communities and the educational sector in the State through its Corporate Social Responsibility.


"As Government and people of Plateau State, we sincerely appreciate the tremendous contributions of the ITF to the development of our dear State."


He pledged  the continuous collaboration and support of the State Government to all initiatives of the ITF and the Federal Government.


"That explains why my administration has continued to invest in the training and empowerment of our citizens within the realm of Sustainable Economic Rebirth which we have been carrying out in the last six years. "


"Through the PLASMIDA and other agencies of Government, we have ensured that our youths acquire necessary skills and access empowerment support that will turn them from being job seekers to job creators."


He further said  I am very proud to say that so far, we have achieved a lot in this direction where more and more entrepreneurs are establishing small businesses and growing steadily. This has made us to increase our partnership with the Federal Government and other Development Partners in helping them to access funding, mentorship and further training to consolidate and expand. Our Ease of Doing Business ranking is also growing.


"We have also taken further steps in ensuring that skill development is entrenched within our educational system through Technical and Vocational Education. Under our Legacy Projects commonly referred to as the Lalong Legacy Projects, we have commenced the construction of two additional Technical Schools in Shendam and Pankshin to enable our children get education that is tailored to solving problems within their immediate vicinity and beyond. We believe that the days of mere certificate education are over, because only skills and capacities ca

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