The Minister of Information and Culture has declared that the Federal Government has fulfilled its promise on job creation by commencing the recent job creation initiatives across the country, in fulfillment of its campaign promises.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the declaration in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday at the South-South Town Hall Meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
A mild drama was played out at the Federal Government Townhall meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital earlier today.
According to reports, the trouble started when Ministers, who spoke at the town hall meeting, kept praising the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal government. The audience who were uncomfortable with the move began to protest and raised their voices in anger.
It took the intervention of prominent Nigerians from the South-South region, notably, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, to calm the audience so that the town hall meeting could proceed.
The Minister of Information and Culture said work would soon start on the 2nd Niger Bridge, which according to him, was included in the 2016 budget.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed added that as more and more road construction works resume in the days ahead, thousands of Nigerians will also be returning to work.
The Minister also disclosed that the recruitment of 500,000 teachers had commenced through the online portal ‘npower.gov.ng’, while listing other direct job creation and training schemes that are ongoing, including the N-Power Knowledge, which is training 25,000 Nigerians in technology, and N-Power Build, which is training another 75,000 Nigerians in building services.
Job Creation Promise Fulfilled – Lai Mohammed
According to the Minister, the Federal Government is exploring the agricultural sector for massive job creation through the repositioning of the River Basin Development Authorities.
“Still talking about jobs, an agreement has been signed to reposition the River Basin Development Authorities within the next 18-24 months.
“The agreement between the River Basin Development Authorities and the Songhai Farms of Benin Republic includes the training of unemployed youths in integrated farm practice.
“This programme is complimentary to the upcoming Youth Agriculture Empowerment Programme being planned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”