Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Dr Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, has said that the youths’ training under the German dual vocational training partnership with Nigeria, would help to fast track the nation’s economic development.
Speaking at the end of the training programme and presentation of certificate to the 43 Nigerian trainees, Chukkas-Onaeko, expressed appreciation to German Government on the training, which was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ and conducted by sequa GmbH.
The bilateral project, initiated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CCI, Giessen-Friedberg to improve vocational education quality in Nigeria, was aimed to further boost German-Nigerian cooperation.
Chukkas-Onaeko, explained that though ITF trained people on ICTs and usage of modern technology, her agency was partnering with foreign counties to facilitate Nigeria’s industrial growth.
Earlier, the president of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ABUCCI, Mr. Tony
Ejinkeonye said the chamber participated in the training to bridge the gap between knowledge and pragmatic skills in the economy.
Ejinkeonye pointed out that the knowledge and skills acquired by the trainees are highly marketable and elusive ones that would enhance their contributions in their various companies and the entire economy.
The Project Coordinator, Engr. Kehinde Stephen Awoyele, said objectives of the training were to strengthen civil society, environment protection, fight poverty and ensure good governance.
He listed insufficient involvement of the private sector, inadequate equipment, obsolete technical infrastructure and deficient qualification of trainers as challenges faced in the training.
Speaking on the occasion, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner said the trainees would soon start their “new and responsible task of training young Nigerians in office administration, maintenance and technical facility management”.
“So, we celebrate today an outstanding bilateral project which shows the intensive and close German-Nigerian cooperation in our day by day work.
“These very close relations between Germany and Nigeria are characterised by friendship, excellent cooperation and mutual understanding”, he said.
Zenner said he supported the project because it helps to improve the qualification and employability of many young Nigerians.
He, however, pointed out that facilitating more people‘s access to productive employment with a decent wage is also a key element of sustainable economic development, one of the main sectors of Germany’s development cooperation with Nigeria.
The envoy disclosed that the dual vocational training system is a key element of the success of the German industry and economy.
He noted that though Nigeria’s economy is growing fast, the unemployment rate especially among young people remains high.
“And unemployment and underemployment, which constitute two of the most serious problems that developing countries are facing, are the direct causes of poverty among large sections of the population and, in some cases, fuel conflicts as well”, he said.
Zenner affirmed that vocational training is the cornerstone of sustainable economic development, saying, “it is even more than that; vocational education and training are an important part of people’s personal development”.
The training, he said is capable of providing a secure livelihood and giving people confidence in their own abilities, and also gives people self-assurance to play their part in the society.

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