FG Provides 750,000 Jobs For Youths – Arabi
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has created 750,000 jobs for youths in the country to cushion the unemployment rate in Nigeria.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dasuki Arabi on Sunday in Abuja.
Arabi as the Chairman of, Technical Working Committee on Youth Employment, noted that the decision was reached following the discussion with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.
He said, “We did some research works with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to look at unemployment in the country and we came out with the policy.
“The summit came up with the idea of the 750,000 jobs that have been adopted by the Federal Government for the youths and the unemployed.”
He further stated that the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs was created as part of the real government’s plan to provide succour for the unemployed.
Arabi stated, “We are working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and SMEDAN to provide a lot of support for the unemployed.
“It is also the reason why the government is introducing entrepreneurship at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
“The idea is for youths to be engaged while in school before the time for employment comes.
“As you are working or schooling you are learning a skill, when you come out you don’t have to rely on the government for employment.”
He added that several things were done to support small and medium enterprises to make it easier for citizens to access the support and assistance given to them.
“The registration of business for certain groups is almost free and is supported by CAC and related agencies.
“These are some of the things that we have done and these are some of the things the government is doing to fight unemployment.
“And the bottom of all this is, the government is doing quite a lot to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, so they can provide additional space of employment.”
The DG while speaking on data generation for proper planning, said the private sector had been empowered, registered and given a license to generate data for a fee.
“We can see that with the privatisation of PHCN, DISCOs have been created, we have vendors selling units for charging meters.
“A lot of things were done for the private sector to thrive, expand and provide support to Federal Government for growth in the economy.”