Labour-intensive public works yield 18,597 jobs in two years – FG

The Federal Government has disclosed that 18,597 jobs have been generated through its labour-intensive public works.
It also said 3,392 people in technical and vocational agricultural skills were  trained in the last two years.
It said this in excerpts of a book entitled “Making steady, sustainable progress for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity: a midterm scorecard on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration”.
The book will be presented to the public on November 16 in Abuja.
According to the book, the Federal Government also trained 16,587 people in life planning and entrepreneurial skills and implemented 182 community/local government development projects.
It said efforts were also made to reduce unacceptable level of poverty and socio-economic vulnerability in the nation.
In this direction, the Federal Government formulated the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) for which N500 billion was appropriated in the 2016 Budget.
The programme features Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT), Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, N-Power Job Creation Programme and Government Economic Empowerment Programme (GEEP), among others.
“The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme is aimed at providing a free nutritional meal for public primary pupils across Nigeria to improve school enrolment and completion as well as child nutrition and health.
“So far, 2,000 youths have been empowered through the N-Power programme.
“The National Cash Transfer has also given out loans to farmers, traders and business people to enable them to secure gainful employment.’’

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