Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Federal government reveals plan to create 20 million job opportunities

Minister of Industry, Trade and
Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah said
that with the huge level of
unemployment in the country, it had
become imperative to come up with a
pragmatic approach to creating jobs for
the people.
He said the ministry had directed the
Industrial Training Fund to come up
with innovative solutions to create 20
million jobs in four sectors of the
economy within the next four years.
The sectors, according to the minister,
are agriculture, transportation,
services and construction.
Represented at the event by the
Permanent Secretary in the ministry,
Sunday Akpan, Enelamah said the
need to focus on these sectors was
borne out of the conviction that they
held the key to the diversification
efforts of the Federal Government.
The minister said with the huge
contributions of these sectors to the
Gross Domestic Product of the Nigerian
economy, it had become imperative to
explore their job creation potentials to
reduce the level of unemployment in
the country.
He said, “In order to sustain and build
on the successes recorded in this
regard in the first tenure of Mr.
President, we are articulating and
strategizing with a renewed impetus
towards combating the twin evils of
unemployment and insecurity.
“It is on this basis that the ministry
charged the Industrial Training Fund
to come up with revolutionary multi-
faceted job and wealth creation
strategies that would lead to a lasting
solution to this hydra-headed problem.
“From the report, I have received, the
ITF has been able to propose pragmatic
strategies that within the tenure of the
next level, will generate about 20
million jobs from four key sectors of
the Nigerian economy.
“These key sectors are the Agriculture,
Construction, Transport and the
Services sectors.
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