From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State government has commenced the training of 70 selected youths across the state on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), welding and fabrication to enable become them be self employed.
The Executive Director, Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocational and Skills Acquisition Institute, Dr Daniel Asele disclosed this when Governor Abdullahi Sule, paid an inspection visit to the facility, on Tuesday in Lafia.
Asele explained that 40 youths will receive training on ICT while the remaining 30 will be trained on welding and fabrication, in order to enable them become self-reliant.
He explained that at the end of the training, which will last for three (3) months, the trainees will graduate with the National Skills Qualification (NSQ) certificate, as well as the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) certificates.
The executive director further said that the institute had also began the process of registration with appropriate regulatory agencies, in order to award National Innovative Diploma (NID) to graduates of the institute.
He noted that the institute is impacting vocational skills on the youths so that they can start their own business, as well as become employers of labour.
“It’s only skills that respond to money and money responds to skills. Your certificate can only cure your illiteracy. It cannot cure your poverty. It’s your skills that can cure poverty today.
“When the trainees are out of this place, we expect them to go and establish their business. That is why we call it Start Your Business (SYB) and in turn, they will employ others to work with them,” he said.
In his speech, Governor Sule expressed satisfaction in the commencement of the training of youths from across the state, urging the trainees to use the opportunity provided at the institute to acquire vocational skills that will make them become self employed.
Sule commended the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for effectively utilising the facility to the benefit of the people of the state and the country at large.
“It gives me a sense of fulfilment to see the institute commencing its activities with 70 youths drawn across the state.This will further serve the policy thrust of our administration in the area of human capital development,” he said.
He expressed optimism that with the springing up of industries across the state, the vocational institute will serve as a centre for the training of qualified manpower to man industries in the state.