Unemployment: PDP Senator, APC Speaker team up to back ITF

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APC Plateau Assembly Speaker, Ayuba Abok (left) and PDP Plateau North Senator, ID Gyang

The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has vowed to ensure adequate budgetary allocations to the Industrial Training Fund to enable it equip more of the nation’s youths with entrepreneurial skills.

Gyang said, Tuesday that he will use his legislative capacity to enhance the attainment of the mandate of the ITF.

He had pushed for an Act to establish the College of Medical Laboratory Science Technology Jos and the Bill establishing the Regional Center for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives, Jos among 20 others while in the House of Reps and desires to do more starting with the ITF.

“The ITF has distinguished itself in empowering citizens with skills, vocation and expertise, therefore addressing the vex issue of unemployment as the beneficiaries become self employed and even job creators,” the Senate Vice Committee Chapman on Defense said during a visit to the ITF headquarters in Jos.

Gyang who was accompanied by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Ayuba Abok said he will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the institution succeeds.

He assured that the people of Plateau North have resolved to peacefully coexist to provide a conducive environment for businesses and Federal establishments in the zone to thrive.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Abok also assured of partnering with the Federal legislator to support the ITF to success.

The ruling APC lawmaker equally appreciated the contributions of the ITF to human capital development in the country.

The ITF has since establishment trained about 20 million Nigerians in different trades, its Director General, Joseph Ari said.

At least 450,000 youths were trained within the last two years with over half of them already established as employers of labour, said Mr. Ari.

The partnership of the legislators according to him would enable it do more to rid the country of poverty-induced crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and drug abuse among others.

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