President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that
job creation will remain one of the top priorities of his
administration’s economic agenda.
President Buhari during the 2nd Convocation of the Kaduna
State University in Kaduna.
Speaking at the 2nd convocation ceremony of the Kaduna
State University on Saturday, December 12, Buhari assured
Nigerians that his administration would give the fullest
possible support to all efforts to create more jobs for
“One of the focal points of this administration is job
creation. Job creation will help in the achievement of other
objectives of the government such as poverty reduction.
Insecurity cannot be divorced from unemployment and
poverty because an idle mind, they say, is the devil’s
“With declining internally generated revenue and over
dependence on equally declining oil revenues, there is need
to seek other ways of diversifying the economy so as to
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“One of the ways we can achieve this is through the
reorientation of our youths towards an entrepreneurial
mindset. We must therefore promote and enhance the
teaching and learning of entrepreneurial skills in all schools
and tertiary institutions, thereby exposing our youth to the
basics and rudiments of starting and sustaining their own
businesses,” the president said.
Buhari added that his administration would improve
ongoing programmes by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of
Nigeria, the Bank of Industry, the Bank of Agriculture and
other Federal agencies to grant them start-up loans at
The president belives that the improved programmes will
encourage and assist youth to move from being job seekers
to job creators.
Finishing his statement, Buhari expressed gratitude to the
university for conferring an honourary doctorate degree of
letters on him.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has released its
third quarter report on unemployment and
underemployment. According to it, at least 1.5 million
Nigerians have become unemployed since President
Muhammadu Buhari took office about six months ago.