Beneficiaries of the National Industrial Skill Development Programme (NISDP), have been advised to learn to be patient, honest and prudent in managing funds and resources at their disposal.
The programme which is an initiative of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government, saw 150 beneficiaries, trained in ICT, cosmetology and tailoring.
Governor Douye Diri while speaking during the Closing/Graduation Ceremony of the programme at the Harold Dappa-Biriye Conference Centre, Yenagoa, equally urged them to judicially use the skills, knowledge and materials they have acquired to create employment and improve their lives.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, encouraged the beneficiaries to start up businesses with the start-up packs that they will be given and become employers of labour.
He said the government has declared the state a blue-collar training centre as it is making it compulsory for all secondary school students to at least have one skill before they pass out.
According to him, the idea is to ensure that the state does not lack plumbers, tilers, P.O.P makers, welders, fashion designers as well as other craftsmen.
On his part, Sir Joseph Ari, the Director General/Chief Executive of the ITF who was represented by Sir Udeme Akpabio, said since its inception, the NISDP has equipped over two hundred thousand Nigerians with skills for employability and entrepreneurship in all states across the country.
Similarly, Mrs Baiyere Titilola Stella, the Area Manager, ITF, Yenagoa Area Office, said despite the plague of the COVID 19 Pandemic, the ITF went on to train 105 trainees who have successfully completed the 3 months, NISDP and will be handed over to the Bayelsa State Government.
On his part, Mr Stanley Braboke, the state Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, while commending Governor Diri for supporting the programme, said it would accord the beneficiaries the opportunity to be productive, creative and impact positively on the state as well as the lives of the families and loved ones.
Some dignitaries present during the event were; Abraham Ingobere, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Konbowei Benson, the Secretary to the State Government, Ebiowu Koku-Obiyai, the Chairperson House Committee on Labour, among others.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificate and start-up packs to the 105 beneficiaries by the deputy governor.