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President Buhari Urges Private Sector to Give Nigerians Jobs

By Onoja Johnson

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The private sectors in Nigeria have been asked to employ the youths as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused economic dislocation.

President Muhammed Buhari who made the appeal during the flag off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme in Abakiliki on Monday, said the coming of the Covid-19 has worsen the unemployment situation in Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the president at the occasion, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said, to ameliorate the effect of the #EndSARS protest and the Covid-19, he initiated the ESPWP, nothing that the programme will help the participants to become self-reliant.

“On this note, I will like to use this opportunity to call on the private sector to show interest in employing Nigerian youths essentially these participants after they have acquired knowledge and skills in the process of implementing this programme.”

Meanwhile, seven hundred and eighty million naira would be spent by the federal government to implement the programme in three months. This is as revealed by the Ebonyi state Extended Special Public Works Programme of the federal government, Dr. Edward Nkwegu.

He said, “The 1,000 persons recruited per local government area would be engaged by the federal government between January to March this year.

“And they will be paid the sum of 20,000 each for the three months period and Ebonyi has recruited a total of 13, 000 persons drawn from the 13 LGAs in the state.”



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