Governor Aminu Bello Masari has on Friday commissioned the new Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Katsina Area Office complex, with a call on the management to ensure targeted objectives are achieved.
Masari represented by Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, the state Deputy Governor made this assertion shortly before commissioning the new ITF office complex in Katsina.
He said the efforts are meant to ensure that Nigerians acquire skills that would enhance their living standard and take them out of poverty.
According to him, the state government would continue to support the commission to improve the quality of people in the state.
The Minister of state for Trade, Industry and Investments, Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, in her address, applauded the initiative of the President and commitment to the nation to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, as well address other numerous social problems bedevilling the country, particularly in the North.
According to her, statistics revealed that, there are about 13-14 million out of school children in the North today. The region also ranks highest in terms of poverty and illiteracy levels.
“The only way that the attendant effect of the illiteracy, poverty and unemployment in the north and indeed in Nigeria can be reduced is to create the necessary infrastructure for the capacity building of Nigerians.
“It is in this regards that I commend the ITF for its efforts to expand its existing infrastructure in order for more Nigerians to access its services”, she said.
The Director General/Chief Executive of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, in his remarks, noted that the project witnessed stagnation for 10 years, noting the incumbent management resolved to complete this project to ease access to services as well as propel federal government’s agenda with respect to productivity and economic growth of the national economy.