Katsina Govt Challenges ITF Management Over Assessment Training

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has challenged the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to carry out an assessment of the needs of the people before enrolling them for any training.

Speaking when the management of the training fund visited him, Governor Masari said that the training should be able to meet the needs of the people and not a stereotype.

He also urged the fund to include access to finance in their programmes.

Earlier, the Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, expressed concern that the nation’s growing population needs to be put to good use.

Sir Ari observed that Nigeria’s population is projected at 500 million by 2050.

He added that the fund is equipping young people with skills and knowledge to make Nigeria a productive nation.

Osinbajo To Launch MSME Clinic In Kwara

MSME Clinic, Yemi Osinbajo, KwaraActing President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is set to launch a three-day Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinic on Thursday, February 23 for viable enterprises in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Recall that Acting President Osinbajo commissioned the Aba MSME clinic on January 26.

Aba is the commercial hub of Abia State in southeast Nigeria.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau, Mr Segun Soewu, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, informed that the event would hold at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin by 10:00AM daily.

He described the clinic as an opportunity for MSME operators in the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges confronting their businesses.

The MSME Bureau boss added that business owners can also make inquiries about policies and regulations regarding their businesses from the Federal agencies that would be present at the programme.

He listed the agencies to include the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Others are Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Projects Development Institute, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.

Mr Soewu asked intending participants to contact the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Gambari Road in Ilorin.


Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Nigerian Govt. Sacks 20 More Heads Of Parastatals, Agencies

portfolioThe Nigerian government has disengaged 20 more heads of federal parastatals and agencies.

Their disengagement was contained in a statement on Monday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Lawal.

Earlier, six heads of agencies and parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture were sacked.

The Statement read: “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate disengagement of the following Chief Executive Officers of the under-listed Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions”.

President Buhari also approved that the most senior officers in the Parastatals, Agencies and Councils oversee the activities of the organisations pending the appointment of substantive Chief Executive Officers.

According to the statement, President Buhari, however, thanked the affected government officials for their invaluable services to the Nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.

List of the 26 parastatals and agencies.

(i) Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
(ii) Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
(iii) Voice of Nigeria (VON)
(iiii) News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
(v) National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
(vi) Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
(vii) New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
(viii) Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)
(ix) Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(NCDMB)
(x) Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN)
(xi) Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)
(xii) National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
(xiii) Petroleum Equalization Fund
(xiiii) Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC)
(xv) Bureau of Public Procurements (BPP)
(xvi) Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)
(xvii) Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)
(xviii) Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)
(xix) National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
(xx) Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC)
(xxi) Bank of Industry (BoI)
(xxii) National Centre for Women Development (NCWD)
(xxiii) National Orientation Agency (NOA)
(xxiiii) Industrial Training Fund (ITF)
(xxv) Nigerian Export-Import Bank
(xxvi) National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).

UNIDO to provide 25 million jobs for Nigerians

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced plans to provide 25 million new jobs for Nigerians over the next decade.

The agreement is the outcome of a series of negotiations between the government and UNIDO.

Country Director of the organization, Mr. Patrick Kormawa said that its major focus will be in the area of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

“We need to focus not only on the traditional skills in the trade and craft skills, but innovative vocational skills essential to significantly contribute to job creation and wealth creation for the economic and social well being of all Nigerians,” Kormawa stated.

He noted that UNIDO is collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and other agencies, charged with the mandate of providing support for the growth of small businesses in the country.

“The need for industrial skills development has become greater than before, if Nigeria is to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to the GDP from four per cent to 10 per cent in the next four years.”

“We need investment in industrial infrastructure and people to attain the needed skills and innovation for this to happen. It is projected that Nigeria needs to provide 25 million new jobs in the next decade. Such jobs will come largely from the SMEs” he said.

Mr Kormawa also said achieving the present administrations transformation agenda solely depends on the development of the skills of its people.

On his part, the Director General of the ITF, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk says its major beneficiaries will be the youths.

The DG, while commending UNIDO for the initiative, said the MoU would help to strengthen its link with industries through assessment of skills gap and training needs.

Details of the MoU includes standardisation and certification of training programmes and activities, and putting in place a national framework to promote youth employment through skills acquisition.

On funding arrangement for the programme, Prof Wapmuk said the partnership would enable both institutions to mobilise funds through links to other agencies and partners.