The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is partnering with UNIDO to carry out skills gap survey to determine the type of skills needed in the economy.
The ITF Director General, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk, made the disclosure on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Wapmuk said that ITF had been directed by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Agaga to carry out the skills gaps survey in conjunction with UNIDO.
“We hope that the project will start this month and we will be concluding it in June.
“When we complete this research, we believe that we will have a fair idea on the type of skills that are needed by the Nigeria’s economy.
“Because we will be interviewing people from industries, governments, the academia and other sectors,’’ Wapmuk said.
According to him, we will look at the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and other sectors of the economy to determine the type of skills that are required in the short and medium terms.
“UNIDO is supporting us particularly with technical expertise for us to be able to determine this requirement.
“ITF is providing most of the money that will be used for this research but UNIDO is giving us technical expertise.
“Some people will be coming from outside of this country to assist us in this research.
“ This means that UNIDO will be taken care of that component but physical resources that are required within the country will be provided by ITF.
“This is in order to come out with real findings that will be useful to the entire country,’’ he said.
Wapmuk said that if the research was completed, it would determine the type of trained manpower that the country would need in the coming years.
He said that no country could develop without a huge manufacturing industry “and for a nation to have industry it must have raw materials and human capital.’’
“It is the human capital that turns the raw material into a product.
“The ITF is charged with the responsibilities of providing, promoting and encouraging the acquisition of skills in commerce and industry with a view to producing adequate trained manpower for the needs of the Nigerian economy.
“ The ITF is of the view that without skills, you cannot have industrial development,’’ Wapmuk said
According to him, ITF has a role to play in promoting industrial development in the country.
“ Our job is to provide adequate trained manpower for the needs of the Nigerian economy.
“And we have been partnering with the UNIDO in the past three or more years to produce adequate trained manpower for the needs of the Nigerian economy.
“For us to be able to produce adequate trained manpower for the country, we must know the skills gaps in the economy,’’ he said.