The Federal Government have commended the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) over the innovative ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project directing the ITF to take the lead in harmonizing all Technical and Vocational Skills Training programmes in the country being undertaken by MDAs as enshrined in the ITF Act.
This was disclosed at the virtual meeting between the §policy Board of ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project, chaired and Co-chaired by the Director-General/Chief Executive of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari and Director-General of NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale respectively.
The meeting was also attended by the office of the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Senator (Dr) Chris Ngige; Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare; and Representatives of Honourable Minister of Education.
Speaking after the meeting, the Directors-General of ITF and NECA, Sir Joseph Ari and Dr. Timothy Olawale respectively stated that “the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Honourable Ministers commended the highly innovative partnership between ITF and NECA and the impact made by the Technical Skills Project.
The Vice President noted the various efforts and interventions of other Ministries and Institutions in the promotion of TVET, directing the ITF to be at the forefront coordinating all Technical Skills programmes in the country as stated in the enabling Act and take proactive steps in scaling up the number of youths trained annually.”
While expressing Government’s support for Technical Skills Development and the critical role of ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Project in job creation and entrepreneurship, the Vice-President averred that “there is urgent need for collaboration between all Ministries and Agencies involved in TVET.
Earlier on, the Partners, ITF-NECA had given a brief background of the Project and presented the concept note to the Vice-President. Shedding more light on the impact of the TSDP, the Directors-General expressed that “from just five trade areas at the inception of the Project, the Project now boasts of over forty trade areas with over 8,000 youths trained annually.
With greater support from Government, the current challenges of limited funds, high costs of TVET training and wrong perception of TVET education could be surmounted”
The meeting ended with the Vice-President appreciating the ITF-NECA Policy Board and specially commended the strategic partnership between NECA and ITF and its impact in the promotion of Technical Skills Development and job creation in Nigeria.