President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no fewer than five million Nigerians have been lifted out of poverty in the last 3 years as a result of his administration’s in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing demographics and the emerging world of work.
Buhari made this known at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday where he was represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
In his own words:
“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse.
“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.
“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.
“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.
“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.
“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty,