We will employ 200,000 unemployed graduates before the month ends – VP Osinbajo assures

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday said the Federal Government would employ 200,000 unemployed graduates by the end of the month.

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Osinbajo, who spoke to journalists at the Presidential Villa, said a number of social investment programmes of the Buhari presidency has reached advanced stages.

The direct government jobs are meant to keep young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device.

He said the device would also help them to learn several skills that they could develop with time.

He said, “We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000, out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme.

“We are hoping that before the end of the year we should have engaged more.”

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The vice president also disclosed that the Home-Grown School Feeding programme was set to begin in several states in October.

He said, “Definitely before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their Home-grown School Feeding Programmes.

“The Home-Grown School Feeding programme will energise agriculture in the states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with.

“We will be hiring caterers, cooks, et cetera in each state because it will be Federal Government-funded from Primary One to Primary Three.

“The state governments hopefully would be able to cater for the other classes.”

The vice president said that many states would start implementing the Home-grown School Feeding Programme before the end of October.

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The Home-Grown School Feeding programme is another section of the Social Investment programmes that impact directly on the lives of Nigerian children and families.

The VP also stated that the Micro-Credit scheme for no fewer than one million Nigerian artisans, traders, market women and others would also commence in October.

He said, “For women across the country, we are giving loans, micro credit loans to about 1.5 million women; we are focusing on market women and artisans, loans between N60,000 and 100,000 each.

“We are working through the Bank of Industry. They are going to be giving out these loans, we‘ve already identified the banks and everybody who is involved in this.”

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The vice president reassured Nigerians that the current administration was well focused on ameliorating the plight of the citizens of the country.

He noted that the administration was feeling the pains of the citizens and was committed to assuaging them.

On the economy, Osinbajo said government was committed to developing it to enable citizens to find opportunities within the country.

He said, “I want to assure Nigerians that the government of President Buhari is a very focused and determined government.

“We are committed to ensuring that we are able to develop the Nigerian economy in such a way that Nigerians are able to find opportunities in their own country.”

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