Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has appealed to jobless Nigerian youths to fully engage themselves in skills acquisition programmes in order to be equipped to set up businesses of their own to generate wealth and become useful to themselves and the society.
Ortom Governor Ortom, who spoke yesterday at the graduation ceremony and presentation of starter-up kits to 500 graduands of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, National Industrial Skills Development Programme, held in Makurdi, identified skills acquisition as a panacea to youth restiveness and all forms of social vices.
He said: “Having identified skills acquisition as a step towards reducing unemployment in Benue state, the executive council approved the establishment of three technical colleges across the three geopolitical zones of the state to equip youths with requisite skills to add value to their lives and the society.”
He urged the graduands to make good use of the opportunity provided them by the state government by setting up their businesses in order to generate wealth and also boost the economy of the state.
Director General of the ITF, Mr. Joseph Ari, commended the state government for providing starter packs for the trainees and enjoined the beneficiaries to remain committed and dedicated to making a success out of the kits.
He stated that the agency would soon commence another training of 300 youths in each state of the federation, who would be provided with starter packs by the agency and called on the Benue State government to add another 200 youths for training. Commissioner of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai, expressed appreciation to the Industrial Training Fund for the partnership and for its commitment on delivering on their mandate.
He stated that the graduates had been grouped into cooperatives for effective utilization of the kits. The 500 graduands received training for three months in Plaster of Paris fabrication, Fisheries, Confectionery, Welding and Fabrication as well as Tailoring and Garment making.