Joseph Ari, director-general, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has decried workers’ poor attitude to duties, saying the situation was impeding productivity and frustrating the quest to achieve corporate goals.
Ari said worker’s attitude must change to achieve progress for the nation as more Nigerians are needed to be trained to be successful entrepreneurs aside the 100,000 trained so far.
Ari spoke at the ITF 2017 End of Year Performance Review Meeting which had the theme `ITF Vision: The Journey So far”, held on Monday in Jos, Plateau State.
“ITF workers must work hard; they should not be lazy. They cannot afford to be idle and waste time on gossips. They must change their attitude to duties if we are to achieve optimal results,” he said.
According to him, ITF wants to remain the foremost skills training development organisation in Nigeria and be one of the best in the world, but that to achieve this the approach of its workers to work must change.
“Discipline must be inculcated by everyone; despite several warnings, staff still stroll to work at their own time, and leave whenever they desire. We have tolerated this long enough and can no longer condone it,” he warned.
Ari said the review was to examine the performance of the institution towards achieving its goals of providing and facilitating skills interventions and making adjustments where necessary.
He said the ITF had trained 100,000 Nigerians that had gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and even employed many others.
The ITF boss said the outfit had trained and equipped more than 20 million Nigerians with various skills since its establishment 46 years ago and commended workers that had distinguished themselves in service delivery over the years.