ATTORNEY General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that the extended Federal Government Special Public Works Programme of 774,00 jobs opportunities for Nigerians was part of deliberate efforts and conscious strategies to address the ballooning population of unemployed youths and rising insecurity in some parts of the country.
Malami, who stated this in Birnin-Kebbi at the flag off of the programme, maintained that the employment opportunities were part of strategies adopted to fast-tract the achievement of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of 2017-2020.
Making this known in a statement signed by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami pointed out that the objective was to facilitate the creation of productive and inclusive societies in the country, shield the most vulnerable from passive hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and joblessness.
The minister exposed that the programme was implemented in eight states of the federation with the target of immediately engaging 774,000 selected unemployed Nigerians to execute carefully selected projects across the 774 local government areas in the country, adding that 21,000 unemployed youths will benefit from the programme in Kebbi State.
“I am convinced that the programme will provide the necessary economic palliatives to these 774,000 unemployed youths” saying, “youths who diligently participate in the projects may deploy the knowledge and skills acquired to become self-employed”.
Malami enumerated several federal government intervention programmes including N-Power programme, Anchor Browsers which supported over 2000 rice farmers, conditional cash transfers, special loans for small and medium enterprises among others were as part of efforts to radically transform the economic fortunes of the Nigerian masses.
He also disclosed that the federal government would come out with 16 more similar interventions which aimed at boosting the economy and enhancing the welfare of Nigerians.