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Unemployment: Buhari begs private firms to employ Nigerian youths



President Muhammadu Buhari has urged private sectors across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja to show interest in employing Nigerians youths in their institutions.


Daily Trust reports that the president made the call in Abakiliki, the capital of Ebonyi on Monday, January 11 during the official flag-off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme (ESPWP) in the state.



The president who was represented at the event by the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, explained that the initiation of the programme nationwide was his administration’s goals towards addressing the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic.


He added that COVID-19 pandemic which gripped the whole world early last year, caused an enormous economic dislocation in the country, stressing that it further aggravated the rate of unemployment in the nation.


His words:

“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, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday, January 5 commended the federal government on the commencement of the expanded special public works programme in the country.


Okowa gave the commendation at the official flag-off of the programme for the south-south geopolitical zone held at in Asaba.


The governor expressed excitement on the commencement of the programme adding that it will help curb unemployment in the country.



He advised the beneficiaries to see the opportunity as their little beginning and see it as an opportunity to grow the economy of the nation.


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