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ITF raises alarm over take over of job vacancies by foreigners

Dr. Chris Ngige, Labour & Productivity Minister

From: Madu Ezenoha , Enugu

The Industrial Training Fund, ITF, has lamented the taking over of the nation’s labour market by foreigners.

ITF stated that despite the large number of Nigerians without jobs, reliable survey indicate that foreigners are taking up vacant jobs in the country especially in highly technical sectors.

The Fund said the reason was because Nigerians lacked requisite technical skills needed to drive industrial growth in the country.

Director General/Chief Executive of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari raised the alarm at the weekend during the flag-off of 2017 National Industrial Skills Development Programme, NISDP, where 500 youths are undergoing training in Enugu.

Ari stated that it was with a view to addressing the capacity deficiency in the Nigeria labour market that led ITF to conceive the NISDP, noting that lack of manpower development threatens the attainment of key government policies.

“The most sustainable solution to combating unemployment, reducing poverty, achieving growth and,  indeed successfully negotiating and eventually overcoming the prevailing economic recession, is contingent on our ability as institutions and Government at all levels to equip as many Nigerians as possible with technical vocational skills for employability and entrepreneurship,” ITF boss stressed.

He said that the NISDP has trained 84, 100 Nigerians in over 30 trades and crafts, with most of the beneficiaries gainfully employed and others as successful entrepreneurs.

The Area manager of ITF in Enugu, Mrs. Nneka Nonyelum said that the 500 trainees were recruited from the three senatorial areas of the state and deployed to seven training centers in the state.

Nonyelum said that the selected areas for the training are tailoring, carpentry and woodwork, welding and fabrication, cosmetology and domestic electrical wiring.

Chairman of Peace Mass Transit limited, Dr. Sam Onyishi who addressed the trainees from his wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, urged them not to bank all their hopes on the startup capitals that would be given to them at the end of their trainings.

“You need knowledge, capital and skill to succeed in business. Make sure you locate your businesses where they are need and be prepared to work at extra times. Be honest in dealing with people and don’t allow your customers to be the losers, instead be the loser yourself,” Onyishi tutored.

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