The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government has kept its words by commencing job creation across the country in fulfillment of its campaign promises.
Speaking in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday at the South-South Town Hall Meeting organised by his ministry, Mohammed said that construction and ancillary workers have started returning to work in droves as contractors are mobilized back to the various road construction projects across the country.
The Minister also said 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 now as 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.
He added that 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,” Mohammed said.