Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has said no past administrations have provided jobs for Nigerian youths the ways President Muhammadu Buhari has done.
said that several initiatives by President Buhari which are targeted at creating jobs for the youths and alleviating poverty among women and vulnerable groups remain the best in the history of the country.
Mohammed stated this in Kaduna at a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum with traditional rulers on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest on Monday, November 2.
“No government in the history of this country has ever methodically and seriously put in place measures aimed at addressing poverty alleviation and creating jobs for youths like this Administration.
Buttressing his claim, the minister listed the N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) initiated by the government aimed at providing opportunities for the youths. He said the Fund is part of the N2.3 trillion Economic Sustainability Plan to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.
The minister said the Fund, approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on July 22, 2020, targets young people between ages 18-35 years and is expected to last for a period of three years (2020-2023).
The minister also listed MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the administration’s initiative at jobs sustainability. He said the Fund is a cluster of grants to support MSMEs to meet their payroll obligations and safeguard MSMEs jobs from the shock of COVID-19 pandemic.