FG Creates More 750,000 Jobs for Unemployed Youths


The Federal Government of Nigeria says it has created 750, 000 jobs for youths to close the widening unemployment gap in the country.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Mr Dasuki Arabi disclosed this on Sunday at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

The BPSR Chairman, who doubles as the Chairman, Technical Working Committee on Youth Employment, said they  interfaced with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to achieve this.

“We did some research works with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to look at unemployment in the country and we came out with the policy.

“The summit came up with the idea of the 750,000 jobs that have been adopted by the Federal Government for the youths and the unemployed.”

He stated that the Committee for Youth Employment in conjunction with Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management are “working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and SMEDAN to provide a lot of support for the unemployed.”

He added that “It is also the reason why the government is introducing entrepreneurship at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

“The idea is for youth to be engaged  while in school before the time for employment comes.

“As you are working or schooling you are learning a skill, when you come out you don’t have to rely on government for employment.”

To support MSMEs and ease business processes, the government has offered free business registration to over 250,000 entrepreneurs

“The registration of business for certain groups is almost free and is supported by CAC and related agencies.

“These are some of the things that we have done and these are some of the things government is doing to fight unemployment.

“And the bottom of all this is, government is doing quite alot to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, so they can provide additional space of employment,” Arabi said.

The D-G added that  the Federal government has empowered, registered and given licenses to the private sector  to generate data for a fee for proper social and economic planning.

“We can see that with the privitisation of PHCN, DISCOS have been created, we have vendors selling units for charging meters.

“A lot of things were done for the private sector to thrive, expand and provide support to Federal Government for growth in the economy,” he added.


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