By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Federal Government has created millions of jobs through its
various programmes cutting across many sectors, the Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
According to a statement signed by his SA Segun Adeyemi, he expressed this while speaking at the 6th Graduation Ceremony of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), founded by former Rivers First Lady Dame Judith Amaechi, in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Minister said over 7
million jobs have been created in the agriculture sector alone.
”In Agriculture, for example, this Administration has created over 7
million jobs. When the Administration assumed office in May 2015,
about 5 million farmers were engaged in rice production. Thanks to the
Administration’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, the number of farmers
engaged in rice production today stands at 12.2 million. These are
verifiable facts, not fiction,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said 69,736 jobs have been created in the Power, Works
and Housing Sector, while the Administration’s National Social
Investment Programmes have created at least 200,000 jobs, in addition
to empowering 500,000 others under the Government Enterprise and
Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
”The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has created 69,736
jobs (direct and indirect) across the country. The Power Sector
projects created 1,740 jobs, the Works Sector created 38,391 jobs
while the Housing Sector created 29,605 jobs,” he said.
The Minister also said the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme,
through which 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20
states are being fed with one meal a day, has created jobs for 61,352
He commended Dame Amaechi for establishing the ESI programme, which is
an entrepreneurial and skills acquisition programme for youths and
women of the Niger Delta, saying such programmes complement the
Federal Government’s efforts to provide jobs for the citizens.
”National development is not just the duty of the government, but
that of the citizens. In other words, all of us, as citizens, have a
role to play in ensuring the development of our nation. This has bee
amply demonstrated by Dame Judith Amaechi in setting up this
Empowerment Support Initiative,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
He charged the graduands fo make the best use of the opportunities
that the ESI programme has given them, saying that is the best way
they can justify the efforts of the ESI founder.