- The private sector have been advised to do more in helping curb the unemployment in Nigeria by engaging the youths
- The plea was made by President Muhammadu Buhari at an event in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital
- Generally speaking, the contributions of the private sector to the development of the Nigerian economy cannot be overemphasized in terms of employment
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged private sectors across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja to show interest in employing Nigerians youths in their institutions.
Daily Trust reports that the president made the call in Abakiliki, the capital of Ebonyi on Monday, January 11 during the official flag-off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme (ESPWP) in the state.
The president who was represented at the event by the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, explained that the initiation of the programme nationwide was his administration’s goals towards addressing the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that COVID-19 pandemic which gripped the whole world early last year, caused an enormous economic dislocation in the country, stressing that it further aggravated the rate of unemployment in the nation.
“On this note, I will like to use this opportunity to call on the private sector to show interest in employing Nigerian youths essentially these participants after they have acquired knowledge and skills in the process of implementing this programme.”
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday, January 5 commended the federal government on the commencement of the expanded special public works programme in the country.
Okowa gave the commendation at the official flag-off of the programme for the south-south geopolitical zone held at in Asaba.
The governor expressed excitement on the commencement of the programme adding that it will help curb unemployment in the country.
He advised the beneficiaries to see the opportunity as their little beginning and see it as an opportunity to grow the economy of the nation.
Recall that Governor Okowa recently stated that his administration’s determination to empower youths in the state with skills is targeted at building a stronger Delta.
He stated this on Monday, December 21 at the official handing-out of starter-packs to 2019/2020 Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) beneficiaries in the state capital, Asaba.
According to him, his administration remained committed to ensuring that more youths and women in the state were gainfully empowered in 2021.
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