ITF Expresses Commitment to Reducing Unemployment, Youth Restiveness in Nigeria


Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has reiterated its commitment to reducing unemployment and youth restiveness in Nigeria, adding that as part of its strategies to achieving this, the Fund is determined to empower the youths by creating jobs and reducing poverty nationwide.

Director General of the Fund, Sir Joe Ari, who disclosed this during a Security Awareness Training for the staff members of the Fund, added that with the upsurge in cases of kidnapping and ethno-religious clashes across the country, it has become imperative to train the staff members of the organisation in basic security strategies.

The DG, who was represented by the Director of Information and Communication Department, Dickson Onuoha, noted that the workshop was informed by previous encounters where officers’ of the Fund were abducted, adding that ITF was taking pre-emptive measures to forestall similar occurrences in the future.

He added that the staff members of the Fund were its most prized asset, and being a highly mobile organisation with its officers always on the move, makes them vulnerable and potential victims of abduction and the mental torture left in its wake.

Also speaking, the State Director, Department of State Security (DSS), Ibrahim Danmusa, who assured that the programme would be useful to staff when faced with security threats, described the Fund’s initiative to organise the training as a laudable one that should be emulated by similar corporate organisations.

He said the training will afford the staff members the basic knowledge and strategies to adopt in the face of threat to their lives and properties in the course of their duties.