The Federal Government has said that it is committed to creating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by the year 2025.
The initiative is said to be in line with the National Development Plan of the government.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said this at the Inter-Ministerial Training Workshop on Boosting Job Creation, held at the United Nations House in Abuja.
Ngige said that the federal, state, and local governments, as well as high net-worth individuals and corporate organisations, have been giving serious attention to job creation and as such had taken necessary actions needed to create decent jobs for the Nigerian workforce.
A statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Mr. Olajide Oshundun quoted Ngige as having said that the high rate of unemployment in the country could not be ignored as it was a major contributing factor to the increased insurgencies, agitations and other criminal activities manifesting in different parts of the country.
The Minister, who was represented by the Director of Labour, in the Employment and Wages Department of the Ministry, Mrs Gloria Ogifo, noted that the state of the economy would not stop government’s programmes for job creation and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaboration with its social partners and relevant stakeholders had taken immediate and more proactive approaches to create jobs, empowering the youths, and increasing productivity.