The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has created eight million jobs since inception of his administration in 2015.
The minister who spoke on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, April 24, said job creation is not the responsibility of the government alone.
Legit.ng notes that the minister said: "Job creation is not only for the government. You don't leave it only for the government. Most of the jobs created are supposed to be in the private sector.
"What we discovered when we came is that the economy wasn't good. An economy where oil was selling at $116 a barrel, $2.2m barrels a day for many years and yet they had no savings."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said the implementation of the federal government’s Made in Nigeria for Exports (MINE) would generate 30 billion dollars and create 1.5 million jobs by 2025.
MINE is a presidential special priority intervention programme implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, but under Buhari’s direct supervision.
The president stated this at the signing of agreement between Nigeria Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Investment Company and Strategic Investment Partners at the State House, Abuja on Friday, February 8.
According to him, MINE is using Special Economic Zones to achieve the objectives of boosting the share of manufacturing in Gross Domestic Product to 20%.
He said: “Under my direct supervision, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment is implementing Project MINE (Made in Nigeria for Exports) as a Presidential special priority intervention using Special Economic Zones to achieve the objectives of; boosting manufacturing’s share of GDP to 20%, generating $30bn in annual export earnings; and creating 1.5 million new jobs all by 2025.
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“We have set up the Nigeria SEZ Investment Company Limited as a vehicle for participating in Public Private Partnerships involving Federal and State governments and local and foreign private investors."
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