After serving as the DG for the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for seven years, Sir Mr. Joseph Ari, the immediate past director-general and chief executive officer, announced that he is departing the ITF with a feeling of purpose and fulfillment.

At the valedictory/handover event hosted by the ITF’s management and staff on Monday in Jos, Mr. Ari, who made the decision, pleaded with the fund’s management to support his successor, Mr. Afiz Oluwatoyin.

In order to maintain the organization’s reputation as one of the “best” in the nation with a hardworking workforce, Mr. Ari pushed them to be unselfish in the performance of their duties and obligations.

Several of the directors who spoke at the handover ceremony praised the former DG for his style of leadership, which fostered harmony in the workplace.

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Technical and Recreation Employees and the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies praised the outgoing DG for preserving peace in the workplace during his tenure.

Mr. Afiz Oluwatoyin, the organization’s new D-G Mr. James Abimbola, who was Mr. Ari’s representative, praised Mr. Ari as a reformer and promised to expand on the accomplishments he noted in the fund.

On Friday, October 13, President Bola Tinubu approved the nomination of new CEOs for many parastatals and organisations under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, including the ITF.


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