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FG Has Created Millions of Jobs – Lai Mohammed



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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.

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.

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