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Okonjo-Iweala: FG Has Created 1.4 Million Jobs in 3 Years




#BringBackOurGirls - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - May 2014 - BellaNaija.comThe Federal Government has created 1.4 million jobs in the past three years in a bid to address unemployment in the country, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, said on Monday.

Okonjo-Iweala said this at a conversation meeting on government policies, programmes and activities organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja.

While acknowledging that unemployment was one of the major challenges facing that government, she said that efforts were ongoing to adequately address the challenge.

“The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is working tirelessly to create 1.8 million jobs in each year but we have made tremendous impact by creating 1.4 million jobs in the past three years.

This shows that we are making progress in developing the economy of the country.’’

According to her, the president is also making progress to create about two million additional jobs in the near future so as to bridge the unemployment gap.

She said that the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) programme had also created about 22,000 jobs.

She described YouWin as an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youths in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas.

Okonjo-Iweala also stated that the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE- P) programme was also creating jobs for youths.

“It is also worthy of note that the Graduate Internship Scheme of SURE-P has placed many Nigerian graduates on jobs while some of these graduates have been employed by their employers.”

The minister also added that the present administration had been active in bringing other improvement to the economy through institutions that can help youths have access to their houses in the future.

She said that actualizing this prompted the ministry to introduce a mortgage scheme that would facilitate this goal.

“Out of the 66,000 people who applied for the mortgage houses, 23,000 have been cleared while 9,700 people have been offered mortgages.

This, we believe, will also encourage the creation of more jobs in the country.’’

The minister commended the present administration for providing three billion Naira grant for the creative industry, saying that it would support the manufacturing industry in providing jobs for the teeming youths.

In his address Mike Omeri, the Director- General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), stressed the need for Nigerians to keep themselves abreast of developments in the country.

Omeri urged Nigerians all over the world to engage in productive activities that would stand them out for the benefit of mankind.

“Everyone of us are heroes who can take our place in the world. There is a place for Nigerians all over the world and it is you and I that can take that place. We should take advantage of the values to replicate it in our various lives to benefit from government policies, programmes and activities,’’ he said.


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  1. lola

    March 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Where are the jobs?Okonjo and her Oga should stop deceiving us,we are not blind.

    • bey

      March 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      LoL. Lola, I think Ma’am Ngozi was actually referring to the PDP bots on twitter. Cos really, there are about 1.4mn of them doling out similar tweets and at exact same time too! #GEJwinsit #WeTriumphStill

  2. prince

    March 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I used to respect this woman but I think she drunk!!! where are the jobs in the gutter, or is she talking about those sweeping the streets of Abuja. silly and clueless folks.

  3. hushhush

    March 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I know APCites will say no job was seen by them!

    Question is are you employable? Can your own relative employ you even on sentiments? If they cant even pitifully employ you and cant recommend you then nothing for you outside.

    Every employable person will sure be employed!
    Get out of your slumber and go get a job. I am an employer and what i see daily is pitiful,graduates who cant introduce nor sell their skill as they have non.

    Sit up and read your GMAT jare than blame Jonathan! Which world president shares jobs to slackers?

    Weldone Ngozi but please do much more and for you jobless fellow stand up and pursue it.

    • Ade

      March 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      This is a stupid comment. There should be jobs for EVERYBODY. Not just university graduates or people who study GMAT. You reflect the ignorance of the country. But the country is bigger than you.

    • mujer

      March 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I hear you but question still is how many Nigerians are employable at all levels? How many know what work ethic means? How many can work honestly? How many are not expecting to sell the machinery, parts and goods in your store for a quick buck?

    • bo

      March 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

      I get what u mean but how can we have employable graduates when all we do is sleep with lecturers to pass or bribe…or carry chips…..lastly what exactly do we study in school are they stilll relevant in the world of today… to the very disappoint okonjo iwealawho is a havard grad…thought the country would be better with her but with missing funds….very disappointing interviews …i am so over her…

  4. jymco

    March 3, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Mma Finance Minister you tried with your indices. But go to Federal Ministry of Works in Abj, the men there and selling jobs to graduates for N300,000.00 each. This is a Country I keep thinking how we can or will ever get out of the crass mess we are into now.

  5. justpassingby

    March 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Lack of job is when APC recycle a retired fellow General Buhari for president.

    Give another person opportunity to be employed as a president!

    There will be no job when MD,CEO,CHAIRMEN are re-cycled.

    APC get us a young fellow please stop the recycle pleasssssssss!!

    • Missy J

      March 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Lack of job is when PDP recycle a fiasco has spent more than 16 years(years as deputy Governor,Governor, deputy president, president combined) in power and still want to go for the second tenure. Give another person the opportunity to be employed as well. Isn’t that greed?

  6. Uuu

    March 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

    If truly 1.3 million jobs were created the present government need not work as hard as they doing for reelection

    • Sandi

      March 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      1..3 million jobs could have been created, you cannot say it wasn’t. However, 1.3 million in 3 years is not enough to make an impact.
      But again, I meet a lot of people that aren’t employable, whether graduates or not. If you’ve ever employed people you would understand how difficult it is to train and re-train people. You will even train people on throwing out the dust bin smh

  7. Mizzy

    March 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

    i tot i read smthng weeks ago where gudluck said hes bin creating 1million jobs evry year since he came in2 power? n dis woman is saying govt hs created 1.4million jobs…… y r deh contradicting d lies deh tell????? nywhyz, i wuld stil ask y i avnt gotn d so cald job dt deh av created??

  8. sheba

    March 3, 2015 at 11:28 am

    ma God wil c u tru jst do ur job wit a clean hrt

  9. tunmi

    March 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Clearly there is a disconnect somewhere and someone needs to look into it. You say you created jobs, the populace says they can’t find it. What jobs are these? Blue collar or white collar? In which fields?

    • Sandi

      March 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      A lot in the power/engineering sector.
      Also people please government cannot create jobs. Private companies do. Start your own company, you don’t always need huge capital.
      Start small and grow from there. No success story starts big. Ask Ashish J. Thakkar.

  10. charles

    March 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    As long as those stats come from the government, I will never believe them. Jonathan and Reuben abati told us we are generating 5,000 megawatts only for Punch newspaper to “bust” them and reveal we are generating 3500 megawatts. Only 4 days ago, the minister of power confirmed it and power generation had even dropped to 3000 megawatts. clueless government(PDP), useless opposition(APC).

    • AsMyself

      March 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Any (claims to creation of) MW thaat does not translate to me enjoying regular (asking for constant) power supply is just two letter of the alphabet put together that means absolutely nothing to me. MegaWatts ko, MindlessWaste ni.

  11. biols

    March 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    who is this woman that likes rubbing chalk powder on her face lying to? me? it can’t be maybe you

  12. Hannah Omywa

    March 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    She is not deceiving anyone. Take note.

  13. Sunshine

    March 4, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Oh no she didnt say that with a straight face.

  14. Amaka

    March 4, 2015 at 11:45 am

    The fact that u as an individual hasn’t seen doesn’t mean it’s non existent, my friend, Safia in Lokoja is a beneficiary of the Sure-p programme and i’m sure there are other people out dia.

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