2016 budget is already creating, saving jobs – Minister

Solomon Chung, Uyo

Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji lai Mohammed has said that with the activation of the 2016 budget, workers in the construction sector have returned to work in droves.

Alhaji Mohammed also maintained that the Federal Government has availed itself creditably so far.

The Minister made this known on Monday in Uyo the Capital of Akwa Ibom State, south-south Nigeria during the Federal Government Town hall meeting organised by the Federal Ministry and Information and Culture.

He said as contractors are mobilised back to the various road construction projects across the country, the promise of the government to create and save jobs was real.

He then said as more and more road construction works resume in the days ahead, thousands of Nigerians will also be returning to work.

He particularly mentioned the construction sites that are back to work and have reengaged their staff with more underway.

“Julius Berger and RCC have returned to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, CGC have started work on the Bode Sadu-Jebba road and the Abuja-Lokoja road, CCECC is being mobilised to the Kano-Maiduguri road, RCC has resumed work at the Loko and Oweto bridge linking Nasarawa to Benue, The 2nd Niger Bridge is in this year’s budget and work is expected to start soon,” the Minister noted.

Again he stated that the Federal Government has also commenced the process of recruiting and training 500,000 teachers, specifically targeting unemployed University Graduates. “The online recruitment, through the portal ‘npower.gov.ng’, came on stream over the weekend,” he said.

“The Federal Government has other direct job creation and training schemes that are ongoing. Some of them are, the N-Power Knowledge, which is training 25,000 Nigerians in technology, and N-Power Build, which is training another 75,000 Nigerians in building services and all trainees, will be paid in the course of their training”.

River Basin

Alhaji Mohammed said an agreement has been signed to reposition the River Basin Development Authorities within the next 18-24 months, which would also boost job opportunities.

“The agreement between the River Basin Development Authorities and the Songhai Farms of Benin Republic includes the training of unemployed youths in integrated farm practice. This programme is complimentary to the upcoming Youth Agriculture Empowerment Programme being planned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”

uyo 1According to the Minister, the Federal Government was also working to provide fresh but conditional financial support for the states, many of which have been finding it difficult to pay their workers’ salaries.

Alhaji Mohammed concluded by stating that “the All Progressive Congress campaigned on three broad areas: To tackle insecurity, fight corruption and revamp the Economy and without mincing words, the party has done well.”

“I will say here that the Administration has so far availed itself creditably, as far as fulfilling these promises is concerned.”

This is the fourth in the series of the Town Hall meetings which started in Lagos, went to Kaduna, Kano and now Akwa Ibom state.