AfDB and Nigeria to partner for job creation

Martha Obi

James Ocholi

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, has called on the African Development Bank to include local content in its project implementation activities for Nigeria, as a way to create jobs for local engineers.

James Ocholi stated this in Abuja when he received a delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB) led by the Director of the Bank, Pitamber Sunita.

“The Minister added that the main thrust of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was job creation for the teeming unemployed youths.To this end; he expressed the Ministry’s readiness to partner with the Bank to create job opportunities for the unemployed and under employed.”

Ocholi stressed that one critical area the AfDB could be of assistance to Nigeria in its efforts at job creation, was in vocational skills and capacity building.

The Minister re-affirmed that government alone could not create jobs and added that President Muhammadu Buhari was redoubling efforts to ensure that the campaign promises he made to Nigerians were delivered, especially in job creation and anti terrorism.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr .Clement Illoh sought the support of AfDB in other critical arrears such as ” social protection and safety nets, skills development and productivity enhancement, social inclusion, poverty reduction, Issues of child labour and child trafficking, which are all critical to the present administration.”

The leader of the delegation from the AfDB, Pitamber Sunita explained that the purpose of their visit was to acquaint themselves with the plans of the Ministry and the Federal Government in the area of job creation, and to offer their support in this regard.