It was a sign of relief and reassurance of hope for these thirty two young Persons With Disabilities who officially graduate from the Industrial Training Fund’s Model Skills Training Centre in Abuja.
The graduates sponsored by Sightsavers Nigeria, an International Development Organisation with the vision to prevent avoidable blindness as well as promote disability rights, specialised in different trade areas ranging from photography, catering, event management to computer hardware repairs and maintenance.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2022 capacity building and skills acquisition programme, the ITF, Director General, Joseph Ari said the training will aid the graduates in becoming self reliant.
Represented by the Area Manager, Yahaya Manu, the ITF boss urged other stakeholders to partner with the fund to empower as well as create job opportunity for the Nigerians.
The Country Director, Sightsavers Nigeria, Sunday Isiyaku said for more than sixty years of their existence in the country, the organisation has invested its resources in empowering people living with disabilities and their organisations.
He said, the organisation is transforming the labour market system to be disability inclusive. The Training Manager, Halimah Rabo spoke on the importance of the capacity building and the resultant effect on the graduates.
High point of the occasion was the presentation of certificates and starter packs to the thirty two physically challenged youths.