Tackling Unemployment: ITF boss advocates synergy among government agencies on human capacity development


The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, Joseph Ari has called for more synergy among agencies of government in the area of human capacity building so as to tackle the rising level of unemployment in the country. Ari stated this during a paper presentation titled, “Technical Education and National Development in Nigeria: Leveraging Human Capital Development for Technological Resilience,” delivered at the National War College Abuja.

To address the level of unemployment in Nigeria, the ITF Boss also called for harmonization of certificates to remove the dichotomy that exists between general education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training as well as enforce the monitoring and regulating of informal sectors that produce artisans to reduce quacks. He says, there is need to strengthen collaboration between technical institutions and industries, to meet up with labor market demand.  Adding that the government needs to establish Teachers Industrial Work Experience Scheme (TIWES) as well as adopting state-of-the-art measures that support human capacity development through engaging human expertise empowered by research.

He also further stated that stakeholders in Technical Education and National development should develop explicit operational policies that drive human resource development, and called for the overhauling of the TVET system with policies that provides more funding for tools, equipment and facilities. Saying, “It is pertinent for all stakeholders in the TVET ecosystem to understand their roles. Indeed, across the globe, countries that successfully deployed TVET for job creation and technological resilience did so on account of the synergy among its various institutions.

“However, in our dear country, rather than collaboration and cooperation, turf protection and the tendency to indulge in the blame game have firmly taken hold in most institutions that have bearing on the capacity building of Nigerians. “I say this taking in cognizance of recent declarations by persons that ordinarily should be familiar with the respective mandates of individual organisations involved in the manpower development in Nigeria but chose to conveniently to display appalling ignorance.

“For purposes of clarification, it needs to be stressed that the Industrial Training Fund is specifically mandated to promote, encourage and provide skilled manpower to meet the needs of both private and public sectors of the economy. “Throughout its years of existence, it has pursued this mandate using apprenticeship training in both formal and informal sectors, skills upgrading and broadening for on the-job development among its many activities.”


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