FG Employs 500,000 Graduates Under N-power Scheme
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. NAN
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government have in a new development brought nothing less than 500,000 graduates out of unemployment through the Federal Government’s N-power programme.
Osinbajo disclosed this at a conference tagged: “Harnessing Demographic Dividend (DD) for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Role of Religious Leaders,’’ organised by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.
Osinbajo noted the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, ever since inception had introduced various intervention programmes to empower women and youths in order to reduce unemployment and poverty.
Adding the conditional cash transfer, vice president highlighted that about 400,000 Nigerians were currently benefitting from the Scheme of the present government.
Osinbajo also said that no fewer than 9.2 million children were being fed daily under the federal government’s school feeding programme.
On the issue of Democratic Dividend (DD), Osinbajo said that to avoid ‘the time bomb’ the government has chosen to build an economy that would support the growing population of the country.
According to him, it is now the business of heads of families to prioritise the education and health of their dependents.
“This government is committed and determined to take the country out of the current challenges, therefore, religious leaders must play their roles because no real progress will take place without their involvement.
“They have strong voice and they have responsibility to hold government accountable to ensure resources go round and meet the needs of the people,” he said.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had earlier described the conference as timely due to the commitment of the present government in achieving DD.
He urged the religious leaders to support the change by playing vital roles in the achievement of DD.