The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Thursday, said the Federal Government has chanelled over 80% of the N247bn so far released for capital projects in the 2016 budget to the construction industry because of its desire to create employment and reflate the economy.
The minister, who stated this when the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association, CCESSA, visited him in Abuja, said the construction industry plays a strategic role in job creation.
“The idea is that government wants to reflate the economy and put money in the hands of the people through these construction companies that have millions of Nigerians in their employ”, Ngige said.
The minister also called on the construction companies to reciprocate the efforts of government by mobilising to sites and also recall all workers earlier disengaged, to forestall worsening unemployment index and further aggravate the fragile security situation in the country.
“For the little we have done, we want to see you people in action. Another chunk of money is going to be paid as the economy improves and things get better.
“The budget also has a special provision for settling outstanding debts and for the completion of on-going projects.
“Through these, government intends to take away our youths from idleness, fruitfully engage them, and avoid making them easy recruits for insurgents”, he stated.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
RipplesNigeria …without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: How N70m road construction created more hardship for Sokoto residents
“To address recurrent accidents on Gagi to Gidan Dilo road and Fakon Idi roads, in Sokoto State, the Federal Government,...
INVESTIGATION: Inside Kwara school where students are used as labour on teachers’ private farms
In this report, SHEREEFDEEN AHMAD uncovered how young students in Kwara State, Nigeria, are being used for labour work on...
INVESTIGATION: How Kano SUBEB awarded contracts to inactive contractors, non-existent schools
In an effort to address issues hindering quality education, the Kano State Government in 2020 awarded N88,406,667.10 for the construction...
SPECIAL REPORT: Hike in gas price forces more Nigerians to use coal, sawdust, as smoke kills 93,300 yearly
In the build-up to the 27th Conference of Party (COP 27), Nigeria recently launched its energy transition plan (ETP) as one of...
INVESTIGATION: How roadside foods endanger consumers’ life with trans fat in northern Nigeria
With an estimated 854,000 deaths in Nigeria, and 3,229 attributed to trans fatty acids (TFA) -related cardiovascular deaths, ADESOLA IKULAJOLU visited Nigeria’s...