The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) said it has suspended graduation ceremonies for 2019 trainees until further notice, as directed, in a bid to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Speaking on Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP) for 2019 on Monday in Kaduna, the Director General of the Fund, Sir, Joseph Ari, said the suspension was aimed at curbing the spread of the Coronavirus that is spreading in the country.
Represented by the Kaduna state Area Manager of the Fund, Malam Yahaya Manu, the Director General explained that women skills empowerment programme commenced few years back, “WOSEP commenced late 2017 with 18 states which form the first phase. This has since spread to other states in 2018 and 2019 one of which is Kaduna.
“The main objective of WOSEP is to equip vulnerable women with requisite skills for setting up and managing small scale businesses as well as provide them with employable skills that will assist them in becoming economically independent to improve their lives.
“The Asian Tigers became technical giants today because they placed skills acquisition on the front burner of their national development plans.”
The Director General, Sir Joseph Ari, assured that ITF would continue to do more for the Nigerian economy in the aspect of job, wealth creation and economic diversification.
“For year 2019, thirty women were trained on tailoring and fashion designing in Kaduna state. ITF is supporting them with sewing machines and cash as start-up capital.”
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Ari urged beneficiaries of the training to make the best use of the opportunity they have and the skill they have acquired to better their lives, while calling on Kaduna state government, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Bank of Industries to monitor and support them with loans or grants in order to help them succeed.