Saturday, 8 July 2017
FG to take sewing, garment making, image consulting to North-East – Minister
Abubakar said this in Abuja on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of first batch of the “20 Train the Trainees’’ workshop.
The graduands were given equipment to start-up their own businesses.
“To promote the policy, we need to focus on skill acquisition because Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are key to development,’’ she said.
The minister said in the next three months the youth in the North-East would be trained in sewing, garment making and image consulting.
She said the policy was aimed at revitalising and boosting the growth and development of the cotton, textile and garment industry.
She advised the graduands not to sell the equipment that would be given to them but should rather seek for assistance from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
She said the Federal Government had given priority attention to the revitalisation of the CTG industry due to its huge job creation potential.
Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), said the graduands were the first set of the 100 youths that would be trained.
Ari said the training would be in five batches.
He said the fund was emulating the Brazilian model which used mobile workshop to train its youths.
He said it was one of the special intervention programmes to drive the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
The director-general said the mobile workshop was introduced in the country in 2013 and was not put to use until he assumed office.
Ari said that the fund had designed strategies to enable it to achieve its mandate through the use of mobile workshops.
According to him, the fund engaged Style House, a Fashion Creative Consulting Agency in Nigeria with years of experience in the fashion industry to conduct the training.
He said the training lasted for three weeks, adding that participants had learnt all the practical aspects of the training.
“This training will go a long way in creating jobs as well as reducing restiveness among the youth,’’ Ari said.
He said that ITF was ready to provide dynamic and proactive services aimed at achieving its mandate in line with the government agenda.
The director-general said that the development of industrial skills was one of the most critical issues being faced by Nigeria presently.
He added that the emphasis on skills development globally was increasingly on employable skills as the practical requisite and immediate skills needed by companies in the labour market.
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