The Federal Government has identified four sectors capable of creating about 20 million new jobs iwith proper focus. The sectors are agriculture, transportation, services and construction.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah unveiled the plan in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting on job creation where he said that with the huge level of unemployment in the country, it had become imperative to come up with a pragmatic approach to creating jobs for the people.
He said the ministry had directed the Industrial Training Fund to come up with innovative solutions to create 20 million jobs in four sectors of the economy within the next four years.
Enelamah who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sunday Akpan said the need to focus on these sectors was borne out of the conviction that they held the key to the diversification efforts of the Federal Government.
The minister said with the huge contributions of these sectors to the Gross Domestic Product of the Nigerian economy, it had become imperative to explore their job creation potentials to reduce the level of unemployment in the country.
His words: “In order to sustain and build on the successes recorded in this regard in the first tenure of President, we are articulating and strategizing with a renewed impetus towards combating the twin evils of unemployment and insecurity.
“It is on this basis that the ministry charged the Industrial Training Fund to come up with revolutionary multi-faceted job and wealth creation strategies that would lead to a lasting solution to this hydra-headed problem.
“From the report, I have received, the ITF has been able to propose pragmatic strategies that within the tenure of the next level, will generate about 20 million jobs from four key sectors of the Nigerian economy.”