Buhari speaks on what his govt is doing to reduce unemployment in Nigeria


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday told Nigerians that his government was using initiatives like the N-Power scheme, Agriculture, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

He stated this at the 22nd convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja.

Represented by Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Chinedu Mafiano, Buhari also disclosed that his government will devote attention to technical and vocational educational training to impact the necessary skills on youths .

He said, “My government is working hard to reduce the unemployment rates through several programmes and initiatives including the N-power, agriculture, small and medium scale businesses (SMEs), all of which are supported by government guaranteed loan scheme. I encourage you all to key into any of them for national growth and development.

“Government will devote attention to technical and vocational educational training to impact the necessary skills to our youths in a bid to provide the requisite, competent and reliant personnel that can sustain the nation’s economic activities for the required socio-economic transformation.”

The President charged Nigerian universities to continue to partner governments at all levels in order to build a thriving economy.

“The Nigerian university system must continue to be partners in progress with governments at all levels. My administration recognizes that interdependency and professionals are the drivers of a thriving economy.

“If we must keep up with this global trend, education must be given its right place. My government is determined to continue to improve access to quality in our educational system.

“Consequently, infrastructure, teachers development, curriculum relevance, funding and planning will continue to receive a boost with the resolve that they will facilitate the desired change in sociology-economic, political, and technological sectors,” he added.


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