1.8 m youths en­ter job mar­ket yearly – Min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

About 1.8 mil­lion Nige­rian youths en­ter into the job mar­ket in the coun­try an­nu­ally, the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, has said.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the open­ing of the Global Dis­tance Learn­ing In­sti­tute in Abuja, the min­is­ter said the 1.8 mil­lion people are in ad­di­tion to the 5.3 mil­lion back­logs of the un­em­ployed people.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the present ad­min­is­tra­tion at­tached sig­nif­i­cance to the is­sue of job cre­ation, adding that the govern­ment was tar­get­ing youths and women in its em­ploy­ment pro­grammes.

She said that out of the 1.8 mil­lion new en­trants, about 1.6 mil­lion of them used to get em­ployed an­nu­ally, leav­ing only 200,000 un­em­ployed.

She said the jobs were cre­ated through the You Win pro­gramme, Agribusi­ness and other projects im­ple­mented through pri­vate sec­tor in­volve­ments.

She said: “Some people will come out and say the govern­ment is not work­ing, but the govern­ment is work­ing, I know that feel­ing, we feel the pain, there is no par­ent in this coun­try that will be happy to see his child went to univer­sity and come back with­out job, and sit down at home, no body. We re­ally un­der­stand the way young people feel, and we are ded­i­cated, even for those who lost their lives in the Im­mi­gra­tion re­cruit­ment, I said the best way to hon­our their mem­ory is to cre­ate jobs and more jobs.

“But don’t dis­cour­age govern­ment, if the em­ploy­ment has not reached you yet, by God’s grace it will reach you. We must be fo­cused, if we start get­ting di­verted by those who are say­ing noth­ing is be­ing done, it is not true.

“If you have 1.8 mil­lion un­em­ployed people and you cre­ated 1.6 mil­lion, at least, you have hope. Just keep mov­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to her, the GDL In­sti­tute is there to boost the ca­pac­i­ties of the young Nige­ri­ans in or­der to find bet­ter lives ahead.

She said govern­ment alone can­not cre­ate all the jobs needed, call­ing for pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The GDL In­sti­tute, Abuja, is an af­fil­i­ate of the Global De­vel­op­ment Learn­ing Net­work (GDLN).

The GDLN af­fil­i­ates are de­signed to col­lab­o­rate in hold­ing events that con­nect people across coun­tries and re­gions for learn­ing and di­a­logue on de­vel­op­ment is­sues, along with col­lab­o­ra­tion with best-in-class in­sti­tu­tions around the world to of­fer var­i­ous train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment cour­ses.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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