The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, Mr Joseph Ari, has said skills acquisition has the potential of stemming youth restiveness, which finds expression in insurgency and banditry.
Ari said this while presenting start-up kits to 500 beneficiaries after a training jointly organised by the ITF and the Gombe State Government in Gombe on Wednesday.
According to him, residents of the state did not benefited from the interventions of ITF for two consecutive years because the previous administration was not proactive.
“Five hundred youths were trained in different trades namely; welding and fabrication, plumbing and pipe fitting, tailoring, aluminium works, tiling, Plaster of Paris fixing as well as photography and given starter kits to enable them stand on their own,” he stated.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel, who represented the governor, said the Inuwa Yahaya administration had the political will to establish one skill acquisition centre in every ward in the state to enable youths learn trades of their choice.
This, he said, would go a long way to address the issue of joblessness and to improve human capital development in the state.
Daniel said the idea of establishing an industrial skill training centre in Gombe would go a long way in complementing the state government’s commitment to addressing the problem of unemployment through skills acquisition.
“With the influx of people from other states as a result of insurgency, facilities in Gombe State are overstretched; therefore, massive interventions from whatever quarters are welcome to enable people in the state improve their economic well-being,” he added.