Amb. Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Investments, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to take Nigerians out of poverty and address challenges militating against sustainable development in the country.
Katagum, stated this at the inauguration of the new Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Area Office Complex, on Friday in Katsina.
She said that northern part of the country was ranked highest in terms of poverty and illiteracy level, notig that statistics indicated that there were between 13 and 14 million out-of-school children in the region.
Katagum said: “The only way that 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 the existing infrastructure in order for more Nigerians to access its services.
“These strides by the ITF are no doubt laudable as any attempt at reducing poverty and unemployment will not be very successful without any deliberate effort at providing people with the opportunity for skill acquisition and capacity building”.
While commending the Katsina State Government for creating an enabling environment for the activities of the ITF to thrive, the minister charged the Fund management to strive towards driving the poverty alleviation agenda of the administration to succeed.
Also speaking, Gov. Aminu Masari, called on the ITF management to ensure targeted objectives are achieved.
Masari represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, said that the effort was meant to ensure that Nigerians acquire skill that would enhance their living standard and take them out of poverty.
He reiterated commitment of the state government to support the Fund to improve the living condition of people in the state.
On his part, Director General of the ITF, Joseph Ari, noted that the project had witnessed stagnation for 10 years due to a number of constraints.
”The incumbent management, however, resolved to complete this project to ease access to services” he said.
Ari added that it would also assist to improve Economic Growth through enhancing job creation and entrepreneurial development of Nigerians.