Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Sunday, said that his principal, president Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration has done more than it set out to do upon coming into office, int terms of job creation.
The Minister said that if everything is put into consideration, the president has done quite well since 2015.
“Absolutely,” he said when asked if the Buhari government has done well in its job creation drive. “If you take all the indices into consideration, I think this present administration has outperformed what the projection should have been.”
He added that Nigeria’s increasing population poses a developmental problem, which is the reason many feel president Buhari has not done enough.
Keyamo explained that “It is not that jobs are not been created, it is just that the populace is growing far more than the jobs that are being created. And this is an age-long problem that we have always had in this country.”
While citing examples of the government’s effort at making jobs available for Nigerians, he said: “the SMEs are there, N-Power is there, the Trader Moni is there, small loans to businesses are there; they give small loans to different businesses at different levels.”
“Also, he added that at “the National Directorate of Employment over which I superintend as minister; we have so many programmes under the NDE by which we are skilling up the populace.”
“The basic policy thrust of this administration is to skill up the population, the different strata of the populace,” he explained. “Skill them up so they can be self-employed; in such a way that they can also employ others into their small businesses.”