The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has flagged off the training of 1,000 Kebbi youths in skill acquisition. The skills include carpentry, fish farming and domestic electrification. The programme aims at reducing unemployment among the youth.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony at the Haliru Abdul Stadium in Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Usman Mohammad Sani, the Area Manager of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi states who represented the Director-General, said the programme has been successfully carried out in 23 states including Abuja, adding that 23,000 youths have so far been trained.
He added that the programme will cover 13 states and each of the participating youths will receive a monthly allowance of N5,000.
The trainees would be spread across the three designated training centres in the state.
‘’The aim is to eliminate youth restiveness and empower them by building their capacity in order to be self-reliant and serve as avenue for manpower generation,” he said.
Also speaking, the Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Aliyu expressed the state government’s willingness to partner with ITF to adress the current youth unemployment in the state.
The Deputy Governor expressed his optimism that the programme will help in tackling unemployment, particularly among the youth and will also take away youths off the street by engaging them in technical vocation skills necessary for self-reliance.