The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, at the weekend said that job creation and youth employment were part of top priorities of President Buhari’s Next Level government.
The minister also said that the issue of insecurity was not peculiar to Nigeria.
He said it was a problem all over Africa, adding that the situation could be worsened by youths not having gainful employment.
He stated this when he received the Pan African Youth Union led by Mr. Niyi Oladele John, on a courtesy visit.
He said, “The thinking here in the Ministry of Labour and Employment and this government is that the issue of youth employment and job creation should be top on our agenda and that is why Mr. President has decided to strengthen the ministry and its agencies, especially the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
“There are a lot of programmes under the ministry and its parastatals that are basically aimed at empowering our youths by making sure that they acquire basic skills to enable them survive on their own.”
Keyamo, therefore, advised the youth group to generate a data that will show youths with skills.
According to him, the data would assist the federal government to identify those to train and empower.
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