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Buhari’s Govt Has Outperformed In Jobs Creation, Says Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour Mr Festus Keyamo says President Muhammadu Buhari has outperformed its job creation projection.

Keyamo said this on Sunday night when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Festus Keyamo
Festus Keyamo

The minister said Buhari’s government had done better in the area of job creations since it took over power in 2015, that is if all indices are taken into consideration.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if the Buhari government has done well in its job creation drive. “If you take all the indices into consideration, I think this present administration has outperformed what the projection should have been.”

Keyamo alleged that the effort of job creation is not seen due to the constantly growing Nigerian population.

Keyamo explained that “It is not that jobs are not been created, it is just that the populace is growing far more than the jobs that are being created. And this is an age-long problem that we have always had in this country.”

The Minister’s example of such an effort by the current administration in jobs creation was “the SMEs are there, N-Power is there, the Trader Moni is there, small loans to businesses are there; they give small loans to different businesses at different levels.“

Also, he added that at “the National Directorate of Employment over which I superintend as minister; we have so many programmes under the NDE by which we are skilling up the populace.”

He said the government plans is to make Nigerians employers rather than the employees and not absorbing Nigerians into the public service as many would think.

“The basic policy thrust of this administration is to skill up the population, the different strata of the populace,” he explained. “Skill them up so they can be self-employed; in such a way that they can also employ others into their small businesses.”

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