Bauchi , May ,17, 2017 No fewer than 4,000 unemployed youths  have been trained on vocational skills since the inception of the National Industrial Skill Development Programme (NISDP) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in Bauchi State.

Mr  Joseph Ari, the Director-General of the Fund made the disclosure  at the graduation and closing ceremony of the 2018 NISDP training of 300 unemployed youths in Bauchi on Friday.

Ari was represented by Ahmed Ningi, the Head of Servicom and Anti-corruption Unit of the organisation.

He said that since the introduction of NISDP, 4,000 Bauchi indigenes had benefited in skills including welding and fabrication, plumbing and pipe-fitting, tailoring and aluminum fabrication.

He said they had also benefited from tiling, Plaster of Paris (POP) fabrication as well as photography.

He said these skills would enable the youths be equipped for employability and entrepreneurship.

Ari explained that the NISDP scheme was one of the numerous skills acquisition interventions introduced and implemented by the fund to facilitate the achievements of the Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation.

He described skill acquisition as a proven solution to combating unemployment, reducing poverty and youth restiveness in the country.

“It is an incontrovertible fact that any society that neglects the development of human capital is bound to retrogress in terms of growth and development,” he said

Ari said “Today we have graduated another 300 youths who were trained in different vocational skills under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme in the state.

“In the 2018 programme,  300 youths were  trained on catering and event management, Plaster of Paris (POP) and Aluminium fabrications.

“They will also be given Starter packs.’’

He added that the trainees were selected across the three senatorial districts of the state.

“Our commitment to skill acquisition is based on the fact that it is the most proven solution to combating unemployment, reducing poverty and youth restiveness in the country.

“We therefore consider the graduation ceremony as a giant step in this regard,’’ Ari said.

Earlier, Mr Richard Baba, the Area Manager of ITF in Bauchi and  Gombe, had advised beneficiaries of the programme to ensure they used the starter-packs.

He said it would contribute to boosting the state’s economy and avoid the temptation of re-selling their equipment.

Baba, however, encouraged  the graduates, who  comprised of  both males and females, to become successful business owners and employers of labour soon.

Also, the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar  in his speech commended the fund for giving the youths the training.

The governor was represented by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Mohammed Abubakar.

He assured of continuous commitment and support, saying the state was willing to sustain partnership with ITF.

He also called on other organisations to emulate the agency in helping youths to acquire skills.