Labour Minister: FG has created eight million jobs
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, has said the Federal Government through its anchor borrower’s programme in the agricultural sector generated over eight million new farmers.
Ngige stated this while briefing senators on the accomplishments of his ministry during the 2019 budget defence session in Abuja
The Minister while answering questions on what the government is doing to mop up the growing army of unemployed youths in the country told the Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity that the government has created three categories of jobs.
The three categories of jobs, he said, included, white collar jobs, blue collar jobs and pink collar jobs.
According to him, the government has created millions of jobs in the informal sector including empowering women and artisans.
He said that the Federal Government has also lifted embargo on employment so as to offer more white collar jobs to deserving applicants.
Ngige however emphasized that job creation in every country is not the sole responsibility of the government.
The private sector, he said, plays a significant role in the creation of job opportunities for the people.
He urged those in the private sector to take more than passing interest in the creation of job opportunities in the interest of the youths.
Scoring the government high in job creation and empowerment, Ngige noted that for the first time, Nigeria has developed a national roadmap on job creation.
He said that the eight million new farmers were doing excellently in rice production in Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Ebonyi and part of Anambra and other states.
The minister also said that more than one million jobs were created through the social security programme of the government, particularly the N-Power, which he said has about five hundred thousand jobs, conditional cash transfer policy of the government and Tradermoni initiated by the Vice President.