Four years after the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to fulfill its promises to create three million new jobs every year, the ruling party is now promising to create 20million new jobs in 4 different sectors of the economy (agriculture, transportation, services and construction).
“ITF has been able to propose pragmatic strategies that within the tenure of the next level, will generate about 20 million jobs from four key sectors of the Nigerian economy,” Mr. Sunday Akpan, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said.
According to the minister, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) had been instructed to develop innovative solutions to create 20million jobs in the economy.
“In order to sustain and build on the successes recorded in this regard in the first tenure of Mr. President, we are articulating and strategising with a renewed impetus towards combating the twin evils of unemployment and insecurity.
“It is on this basis that the ministry charged the Industrial Training Fund to come up with revolutionary multi-faceted job and wealth creation strategies that would lead to a lasting solution to this hydra-headed problem,” Mr. Akpan who represented Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, at a stakeholders meeting on job creation in Abuja added.
Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF, also confirmed the plan, saying that there is a need to act fast considering the population of unemployed Nigerians and the spate of insecurity in the nation.
“Today, all across the country are needless incidences of violence, criminality and social vices perpetrated by persons that ordinarily should be contributing significantly to the development of our dear nation,” he said.
“The number that is without jobs in our country is at once scary and staggering and should be a source of worry to any administration that is as committed to the welfare of Nigerians as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Ari added.