Industrial Training Fund (ITF) presented a locally produced a 4D smart mobile cell phone. The phone made of locally sourced materials was introduced into the Nigerian public by Sir Joseph Ari, Director General ITF. Sir Ari, made the presentation at the opening of the Physical/Virtual 12th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment. Ari officially presented five phones to Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and the state minister, Amb. Mariam Katagum at the 12th council meeting.
He said together with its trainees from its Model Skill Training Centre located in Abuja, it was able to produce its first 4D cell phones with all the components obtainable in any mobile unit. The phone has an inscription on the package which reads thus “ITF Mobile Developing the Nation Human Race Source’’ “Proudly Nigeria’’.nHe said the fund had been directed to produce seven phones to be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari while another one to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. He added that the two ministers and Permanent of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Ministers of Communications and Digital Economy would be presented phones too. Ari noted that the model skill centre went into collaboration with the Institute of Technical Education and Services, Singapore which focused on modular form of training.
He further said that the institute collaborated with ITF in five trade areas namely, mechatronics and autotronichs, computer networking, ICT, facility management and culinary.
He said it had produced many trainees from the collaboration and just concluded the training of the staff from Local Content Board and over 400 staff of the Nigerian Army.
“Each of the trade areas consist of eight modules, but even if a trainee attends the first and second module such a trainee is set for the World of wealth experience,’’ he said. According to him, it is working in tandem with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to ensure that all the products are produced according to standard. “This is in line with the Federal Government policy of Executive Order 5. I present the phone for onward submission to the President,” he said. ITF is a parastatal under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, established in 1971 to promote and encourage the development and acquisition of industrial and commercial skills required in various industries across the nation. The ITF provides direct training, vocational and apprentice training in various trades.