Saturday, July 6, 2013

FG Considers New Approach To Create one Million fresh jobs Annually

The Federal Government will quickly unveil a new plan that will assist you to create about one million fresh jobs annually.
The Special Adviser to the President on Job Creation, Mr. Obi Adim, who disclosed this during a chat with journalists in Abuja on Friday, said the initiative would address the country's high unemployment rate in a pragmatic way.  Nigeria's unemployment rate, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, currently stands at 23.9 per cent.

Adim, who addressed journalists in company with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Josephine Washima, said already the initiative, Integrated Youth Development Programme, had received a lot of buy-in from stakeholders, adding the entire details of the programme would be released before the conclusion of next month.

He said, “We are suffering from a programme called the Integrated Youth Development Initiative, which is really a web-based platform, where youth development would be monitored and processed. “We are looking at creating about one million jobs a year. We've various sectors we are looking at such as for instance Information and Communication Technology, entrepreneurship, and skills acquisition.”

Asked how a programme was different from other job creation initiatives such as the Youth Enteprise with Innovation Programme, Washima said, “The YouWin programme is a small business competition, which will be online-based and this is completely different from the Integrated Youth Empowerment Initiative. Our initiative is not a competition but it will empower the youth by the end of your day if properly implemented.”

She said for real transformation to take place, the youth needed be designed with the necessary skills, adding that “statistics given to us by the National Bureau of Statistics and the National Population Commission say the youth is all about 50 million in number and this can be a number we will not ignore.”

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