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We’re working to deal with unemployment problem – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday assured Nigerians that the Federal Government had not relented in its efforts to address the nation’s unemployment problem.

Osinbajo stated this during a town hall meeting in Benin with youth groups, traders and other stakeholders in business, agriculture and Information and Communications Technology as part of his two-day visit to Edo State.

The Vice President said the government was committed to supporting small businesses through funding and expert advice from its agencies to micro, small and medium-scale enterprises.

He emphasised that the social investment programme of the Federal Government was important to President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that 200,000 beneficiaries had been recorded, while the number would be increased to 300,000 by the end of June.

Osinbajo explained, “The important thing for us as a government is to make sure that we deal with the unemployment problem. We will deal with it in two ways.

“One, by direct employment; that is what we are doing through the N-Power programme. We will also deal with it by giving credit to people who want to work, whether it is the market women, the artisans, the N-Build, the N-Teach and all that.

 “Apart from that, we will also give credit to the very lowest traders, those who are hawking, those who are selling little things all over the country because all of these people are hard-working Nigerians.

“And we want to make sure that every Nigerian who is prepared to work, we will give them an opportunity to work.”

On the new housing project in Benin, Osinbajo stated, “I want to commend the governor of the state for the excellent work that he is doing. I think that when I come back next (time), we are going to see some major industries here and there, and some many changes.”

Earlier, Governor Godwin Obaseki had enumerated efforts by his administration to address the menace of human trafficking to include the constitution of ward development committees to guide the government in the provision of necessary infrastructure in rural areas.

Obaseki stated that the ‘Edojobbers’, an initiative of the state government, had so far created 35,000 beneficiaries, even as he encouraged the youth to embrace agriculture as a business, with support from the government.

In addition to the implementation of the Edo-BEST programme in 300 schools, the governor said the state would soon commence the school feeding programme across the 18 local government areas.

On his part, the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the visit by the Vice President confirmed that Obaseki was building on the foundation he (Oshiomhole) laid for the growth and development of the state.

“I am happy because those that have doubt about our governor now know that we have a credible and performing governor, who is building on our development,” Oshiomhole stated.

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