The Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD) has initiated moves to expand the profile of its statutory mandate to promote human capital development in the country.
Under the initiative, the institute plans to achieve full national spread of its training and development facilities, to capture professionals and budding entrepreneurs throughout the country.
Mrs. Ayoade Igbeyi, the President and Chairman of Council, NITAD, who disclosed the initiative in Lagos at the weekend, explained that the upgrading of manpower quality in the country has become imperative, to reinvigorate the nation’s economic growth and development, on a sustainable basis.
Igbeyi stressed that the nation currently requires upgraded skill development through well-articulated training schedules for all professionals in the country, as a foil against growth retardation in all sectors of the economy.
According to her, the institute’s current plan is in tandem with its transformation programme, which would involve closer collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the economy.
“For effect, we are expanding the institute’s presence in various parts of the country. Already, we have made tremendous achievements in establishing training facilities in Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Bayelsa and Delta states. This is in addition to earlier established offices in Lagos, Plateau, Rivers states and the Federal Capital Territory. There are also ongoing efforts to create the institute’s presence in other parts of South Western states and Kwara state.”
She added: “We are collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and several other organisations in the public and private sectors, within and outside the economy, to achieve robust profile for our training programme, especially in technical terms, at the national level and international levels.
“Specifically, the professional development activities of NITAD are aimed at facilitating exchange of knowledge, skills and experience for those engaged in training and development, to achieve a better and more effective utilisation of human capital in business, industry and government.
“Since NITAD is a melting pot of professionals, we place emphasis on making trainers out of sector operators. This engenders facilitation of imbibing technicalities by sequentially imparting knowledge on people of various callings.”
Igbeyi further stated that the institute, which has of recent recorded phenomenal growth in membership, “has been promoting international interaction and exposure with the International Federation of Training and Development Organisation, which is the apex world body for training and development.”
NITAD was established in 1989 by human resource development practitioners and researchers. It metamorphosed from the fusion of Nigerian Association of Training and Development and the Institute of Training and Development, U.K. Nigeria branch.
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