Shortlisting candidates for the 500,000 jobs earlier promised by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced. This was disclosed in Abuja, on Wednesday, September 20, by the Federal Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed when he was paid a courtesy visit to his office by a delegation of the National Council of Women’s Societies.
Recall that President Buhari had in his May 29 Democracy Day broadcast to the nation formally launched the “unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.” The 500,000 Teacher Corps is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes.
According to the Minister, applications were being collected and the government had already started processing them for the recruitment.
“The process for the recruitment has started. About 1.2 million people applied and they classified them into categories, including agriculture support officers, teachers, technical officers and so on.”
The Minister also revealed that the payment of N5,000 conditional cash transfer promised by the government would start before the month of September ends just as the Minister of Finance, Dr Kemi Adeosun had earlier announced.
Mr. Lai Mohammed restated the government’s commitment to upgrade the well-being and standard of living of the Nigerian citizens.
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“We are very concerned about the welfare of Nigerians and we are not sleeping; we are working day and night to ensure that the country retraces its step.
“Many of our critics have been unfair to us because many of them know that we did not invent the problems we are facing today.
“This is time to join hands together to support the government to move the nation forward.”
Speaking during the visit, the National President of NCWS, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, expressed conviction in the strong decision of the government to execute programmes for the promotion of girls and women in the society.
While drawing the attention of the government to its promise of making provision for free maternal and children health care and implementation of the National Gender Policy, she also pleaded with the government to consider scholarship for girls pursuing medical courses in the universities to address maternal and child mortality.