The Industrial Training Fund, ITF says Nigeria is gradually becoming Africa’s Technology exporting giant.
Many technological innovations have emerged from the country of late, indicating a gradual shift from export reliance, Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said, Tuesday.
Receiving a delegation of lawmakers and a recently awarded local computer accessories manufacturer, Mr. Luka Zang Bot on a courtesy call in Jos, Ari said the ITF will provide training and logistics to encourage local businesses.
The ITF according to him has trained over 20 million Nigerians in different trades, with at least 450,000 trained within the last two years.
“From our database, more than half of these trainees have set up on their own and are already employing others,” he said.
With this feat, the institution’s boss expressed confidence that the Nigerian economy will soon be industrialized, placing the country among the world’s economic giants.
Mr. Ari pledged the ITF’s partnership with local innovators to reduce restiveness and its related vices in the country.
He particularly assured of working with Mr. Zang, the inventor of the first ever Nigerian powerbank and computer foot mouse, both made from e-waste.
Zang was awarded last week Thursday by the presidency for the best Technology Innovation of the Year.
In addition to the powerbank and foot mouse, Zang has produced a functional sand sieving machine and a candle light control device.