A delegation from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) paid a courtesy visit to Lagos Business School yesterday, where they discussed opportunities for collaboration on capacity-building and knowledge sharing with the Dean, Prof Enase Okonedo.
Led by ITF Director-General Dr Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, the visit was part of the Fund’s outreach efforts aimed at boosting its relationship with the organised private sector in Nigeria. The ITF, it would be recalled, was established in 1971 and helps generate a corps of skilled indigenous manpower to manage various sectors of the economy.
“Our relationship with LBS is special because the School’s mission complements ours, which is to build indigenous capacity sufficient to meet the needs of the industries in the public and private sectors of the economy,” said Chukkas-Onaeko.
She disclosed that the visit had opened up a new chapter in the relationship between both parties, who should “leverage on each other’s strengths to deliver better in the area of capacity building to the Nigerian citizens.”
According to Chukkas-Onaeko, the proposed synergy would also go a long way in realising one of the new administration’s key concerns, which is to create jobs for the nation’s teeming youths through capacity-building efforts.
In the course of the visit, there were networking and photo opportunities, at which point Chukkas-Onaeko did not only commend LBS’ world-class teaching facilities and beautiful ambience, but also touched on its unique value proposition. “LBS represents knowledge, networking and ethics, but I also see it as an institution that is benchmarking international best practices in training delivery and good teaching environment. I’m actually pleased that we have an institution of this sort in Nigeria, and ITF would be happy to partner with LBS,” she said.