We Are Set To Employ 200,000 Nigerians Before October Ends – VP Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that plans for the effective commencement of a number of social investment programmes of the Buhari presidency has reached advanced stages.
He further revealed that 200,000 unemployed Nigerians will be hired before the end of October.
Osinbajo told journalists and producers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday that the selection of the first 200,000 unemployed graduates to get jobs was now being completed.
“We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000 out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme”, he said.
According to him, the direct government jobs are meant to keep young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device.
He said the device would also help them to learn several skills that they could develop with time.
Osinbajo added that “we expect that before the end of this month, we should have engaged 200,000 of them and we are hoping that before the end of the year we should have engaged more.”
The vice president also disclosed that the Home-Grown School Feeding programme was set to begin in several states in October.
“Definitely before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their Home-grown School Feeding Programmes”, he added.
“The Home-Grown School Feeding programme will energise agriculture in the states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with.
“We will be hiring caterers, cooks, etcetera in each state because it will be Federal Government-funded from Primary One to Primary Three. The state governments hopefully would be able to cater for the other classes.”
According to the vice president, the Home-Grown School Feeding programme is another section of the Social Investment programmes that impact directly on the lives of Nigerian children and families.
He said many states would start implementing the Home-grown School Feeding Programme before the end of October.
The VP also stated that the Micro-Credit scheme for no fewer than one million Nigerian artisans, traders, market women and others would also commence in October.
“For women across the country, we are giving loans, micro credit loans to about 1.5 million women; we are focusing on market women and artisans, loans between N60,000 and 100,000 each.
“We are working through the Bank of Industry (BOI). They are going to be giving out these loans, we’ve already identified the banks and everybody who is involved in this.”