President Muhammadu Buhari on the Workers’ Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja says it will expand the N-Power programme from the present 500,000 beneficiaries to one million. The Fg says that this would not help to reduce the high rate of unemployment but also help in reducing crime rate especially at this time the country is suffering from many forms of agitations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2021 Workers’ Day theme is ”COVID-19, Social and Economic Crises: Challenges for Decent Work, Social Protection and Peoples Welfare”.
Mr Buhari said that the expansion of the N-Power programme would ensure job creation and poverty alleviation through programmes such as Safety Net Programmes to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”We also have put in place some socio-economic policies, which also include Conditional Cash Transfer for the vulnerable poor from 2.6 million households (13 million persons) to 7.6 million households (about 32 million persons).
”COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) for urban Poor, which now has 4.8 million households (20 million persons) which also include urban poor/working class.
”Also, through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, there is the Entrepreneur Support Programme and, this even includes the vulnerable workers amongst the urban poor.
”We also have the Artisan Support Fund, Payroll Support Fund for small scale businesses, Business Formalisation aimed at encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises by offering free registration for upcoming businesses by the Corporate Affairs Commission.
”There is also Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme for Small Medium Enterprises for producers of hygienic products and packaged food to encourage entrepreneurship and industries, “he said.
He, however, added that the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for young entrepreneurs had N75 billion for three years and the The Nigeria Online Youth Assembly (NOYA) is a federal government of Nigeria programme for the youths. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development all aimed at support for the labour force. He also noted that in securing decent jobs, government was inadvertently promoting social protection and people’s welfare.
Unemployed Graduates in the country are also encouraged to apply for Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development graduate Internship To enhance the employability of Nigerian youth, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has designed the Work Experience Programme (WEP). The WEP is designed to provide paid internship opportunities to at least 2,550 Nigerian youths across different industry sectors as follows