The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has announced plans to partner with the National Commission for Refugees for Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRIP) in reintegrating Nigerian migrants from Libya into the society, by equipping them with life skills for sustainable livelihood.
ITF’s Director-General Sir Joseph Ari said the training would begin as soon as the returnees’ profiling and needs assessments were concluded.
Ari said the returnees would be trained, using the existing initiative and strategies by the ITF that are targeted at equipping the youth and indigents in Nigeria with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
He listed the vehicles to be used to include: the National Skills Development Programme (NISDP); the Passion to Profession Programme (P2PP); the Technical Skills Development Project (TSDP); the Construction Skills Empowerment Programme CONSEP) and the Agri-preneurship.
He added that the Fund’s three mobile workshops, which are equipped with modern facilities for training of Nigerians in welding and fabrication, tailoring and fashion design, air conditioning and instrumentation will also be deployed for capacity development for the returnees just as the Fund’s five industrial skills training centres located in Ikeja, Lokoja, Abuja, Kano and Jos will also be used.
The DG asserted that equipping Nigerians with skills will not only discourage the mass migration and the attendant fallouts as many Nigerians, particularly those vulnerable to the temptation of migrating, will be discouraged if fully engaged.
In another development, the Fund, in tackling the soaring unemployment in the country despite Federal Government’s efforts, is set to increase its skills centres across the country in order to open up more opportunities for Nigerians willing to acquire skills. The Fund has, therefore, said it will establish a new Industrial Skills Training Centre in Abia State.
Arising from a three-day Retreat at the HBC Resort, Kuru, the Fund also resolved to establish a special Training Centre in Oil and Gas in Port Harcourt with emphasis on equipping Nigerians with skills in underwater welding, instrumentation and electronics.
The new Training Centres, which will be completed between 2019 and 2021, will increase the Fund’s Skills Training Centres to seven.