The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), in partnership with Sightsavers, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that promotes disability rights, has successfully trained and graduated 32 Nigerians on different skills.
The skills include computer hardware, event management, catering, phone repair, photography and poultry management.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Abuja recently, the Director General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, stated that the agency had made the training of physically challenged persons a priority.
He said, “There is a physically challenged act today in Nigeria. Therefore, as an agency that caters for the growth and development of youths and women through skills acquisition, we have decided to focus our attention on the physically challenged so that they can acquire different skills and contribute their quota to national development, because we believe there is ability in disability.”
The DG who was represented by ITF’s Kaduna Area Manager, Yahaya Manu, also charged the graduands to make good use of their start-up parks provided to them by the agency.
He said, “Now that you have acquired these special skills, I urge you to deploy them into judicious use so that you can contribute your quota to the growth and development of the country, because the ultimate aim of this training is to reduce youth unemployment, and the agency is always committed to support the physically challenged in any capacity.”
On his part, the Country Director of Sightsavers Nigeria, Dr Sunday Isiyaku, said the rationale behind their partnership with the ITF was to transform the labour market system to be disability-inclusive.
He said, “We are building the disability confidence of employers, job readiness of young persons with disabilities and supporting government agencies to ensure their programmes promote disability persons.”
From Philip Clement & Faruk Shuaibu