From Gyang Bere, Jos
The Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, has called for more synergy between government agencies in the area of human capacity building to tackle rising unemployment in the country.
Ari said so while presenting a paper titled “Technical Education and National Development in Nigeria: Leveraging Human Capital Development for Technological Resilience” presented at the National War College Abuja.
Director of the Public Affairs Department, Suleyol Fred-Chagu, in a statement to Jos, said the DG called for the harmonization of certificates to remove the dichotomy between general education and technical education and training and professionals, as well as to apply the control and regulation of the informal sectors that produce craftsmen to reduce charlatans.
He told attendees of the event that there is a need to strengthen collaboration between technical institutions and industries, to meet labor market demand.
The DG said the government must establish an Industrial Work Experience Program for Teachers (TIWES) and adopt measures that support the development of human capacity by engaging research-enhanced human expertise.
He further stated that technical education and national development stakeholders should develop explicit operational policies that drive human resource development, and called for overhauling the TVET system with policies that provide more funding for tools, equipment and facilities.
He said: “It is relevant that all stakeholders in the TVET ecosystem understand their roles. Indeed, across the world, countries that have successfully deployed TVET for job creation and technological resilience have done so through the synergy between its various institutions.
“However, in our dear country, rather than collaboration and cooperation, the protection of territory and the tendency to indulge in the blame game have become firmly entrenched in most of the institutions that have a bearing on the empowerment of Nigerians. .
“I say this in the light of recent statements by people who should ordinarily be aware of the respective mandates of individual organizations involved in workforce development in Nigeria, but have chosen to display appalling ignorance.
“For purposes of clarification, it should be noted that the Industrial Training Fund has the specific mandate to promote, encourage and provide a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the economy.
“Throughout its years of existence, it has pursued this mandate using apprenticeship training in the formal and informal sectors, upgrading and broadening of skills for on-the-job development among its many activities. “
With the institutionalization of the National Apprenticeship Training System (NATS), Ari said the ITF will build the capacity of artisans, artisans and technicians for employability and provide Nigerians with relevant skills and competencies that will grow the ‘economy.
He added: “The ITF mandate is very clear on the expectations of it. Therefore, the idea that the ITF should develop the entrepreneurship education curriculum in higher education institutions is entirely outside the scope of its mandate and the responsibility of other regulatory agencies.
“I must also strongly emphasize that the sooner the government agencies involved in human capacity development find ways to work together, the easier it will be for us to find sustainable solutions to reduce the many national challenges using the model of TVET.
“We therefore urge all TVET stakeholders to work with the ITF to move our nation forward.” he stated.