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National Development Plan Of The Federal Government To Cost 381 Trillion Naira to implement -DG ITF

The Industrial training fund says, the recently unveiled 5-year national development plan (2021-2025) of the federal government is expected to cost 381 trillion Naira to implement.

Director General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said, the plan which is expected to replace the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP) is projected to create 21 million jobs, with the aim of lifting 35 million Nigerians out of poverty, providing them with affordable housing and which is also geared towards promoting an export-led economy.

The DG stated this in Jos, at a media forum organized by the Correspondents' Chapel of the Nigeria Union Journalists, Plateau State.

The 5-year National Development Plan, according to Sir Ari has six focal areas - economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

As the leading human capital development institution in Nigeria, the ITF is also equipping Nigerians with technical skills acquisition as an enduring solution to the spate of unemployment in the country.

However the DG has observed that Nigerians were averse to skills acquisition, but insists, that skills acquisition could create more jobs and reduce to the barest minimum the issue of unemployment confronting the nation.

Addressing the role of the Media in promoting the fund's, activities, Sir Ari commended members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),Plateau State Council, for their efficient and effective reportage of the fund’s activities.

He said that the correspondents’ chapel platforms had potentials to exponentially deepen the understanding and appreciation of journalists of the functions and activities of Agencies/Parastatals they covered.

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