Newly appointed Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Mr. Joseph Ari yesterday took over the mantle of leadership of the fund.
Joseph Ari was appointed DG of the fund by the Federal Government on Monday.
Our correspondent reports that Ari arrived the ITF headquarters exactly 10 am on Thursday amidst cheers from staff of the Fund.
Speaking while taking over office, Ari said I express deep appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the confidence repose in me to serve the Nation.
“I see my appointment as an act of God and I promise not to fail but to deliver on my mandate.
“We are presently in an economic recession and I am positive that Nigeria can get out of recession through the implementation of the ITF mandate.
“ I call on all staff of ITF to contribute positively to take the country out of recession “.
Also speaking at the occasion, the former acting director of the fund, Dickson Onuah implored all staff of the fund to give the DG the necessary support for him to achieve his mandate.
Meanwhile the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau State council has task the incoming Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Joseph Ari to bring his wealth of experience to bear in turning around the fortunes of the fund.
Chairman of the council, Yakubu Taddy gave the challenge when he led the executive members of the union on a congratulatory visit to Ari in his home in Jos, the state capital.
According to the NUJ, the “fresh challenges before you as you assumed office are surmountable because we trust in your abilities.
“ You have Proven your mettle in your early days at the PRTVC, you were at one time, the Permanent Secretary, Government House in the state and these are by no means; sensitive positions which would propel you to succeed, he stressed.
For the ITF, he added, is a homecoming to the new DG, who he said has served in various capacities before now; indicating that he is in a familiar terrain which placed in an enviable position to pilot the affairs of the fund.
He further pledged NUJ support to the DG and the fund as it would “continue to stand by you” at all times.
Responding, Ari appreciated the union for the visit‎ and assured that with the support of all and sundry, he would have no excuse not to perform.

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