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FG adopts strategy for job creation

Stakeholders brainstorming at the ITF meeting in Abuja

The Federal Government says it has adopted strategies to generate 20 million jobs in four sectors of the economy.

The sectors are agriculture, construction, transport and the services sectors.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, made this known in Abuja at a meeting with stakeholders on strategies for job creation by the Federal Government.

He said the ministry has charged the Industrial Training Fund to come up with revolutionary multi-faceted job wealth creation strategies that would address all unemployment problem.

He was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Sunday Akpan.

Mr Akpan urged stakeholders to proffer innovative and pragmatic solutions that would pave the way for job creation leading to growth and development of the economy through entrepreneurship and increased Growth Domestic Product.

Earlier, The Director-General of ITF, Mr Joseph Ari said the number of Nigerians without jobs had been a source of worry to the present administration.

He explained that data from the National Bureau for Statistics indicates that the number of unemployed Nigerians increased from 17.6 million in fourth quarter of 2017 to 20.9 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Mr Ari said the NBS report indicated that although government efforts to create jobs might be having an impact, the number of unemployed persons was still be on the rise.

Victoria Chimezie

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