The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said on Monday that the Federal Government would partner Trade Union Congress (TUC) to create jobs for youths in the country.
Ngige said this when he met the leadership of the TUC in Abuja. According to him, the major focus of the present administration includes job creation, security and anti-corruption war.
“We are going to partner with you in terms of these three and especially in employment generation, as we are going to do massive employment in the country,” Ngige said.
“We are also going to do some social responsibility work in terms of gathering so many Nigerians in the social safety net, in order for their life to be meaningful.
“At the same time, we want to touch the valuable groups — women and youths –; there are a lot youths that are unemployed now.
“I want to assure you that in the 2016 budget of the Federal Government, we have mapped out many poverty intervention projects, especially those that will give jobs to our youths.”
According to the minister, if meaningful jobs were created in the country, the issue of insurgency would be a thing of the past.
Ngige said the labour ministry will, therefore, collaborate with the union in ensuring that machinery was put in motion for the government to create jobs for youths.
He said that the issue of unemployment was what prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to rename the ministry as the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“Mr President wants the ministry to stand on what its name stands for, which is employment generation,” he explained.
He also urged the TUC to support government effort in blocking leakages.
“You must help the government to fight corruption, because this is why our resources are being mismanaged, stolen and frittered away over the years,” Ngige said.