The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday declared that more unemployed graduates will be “coopted’ into the Federal Government’s youth empowerment scheme, N-Power.
Osinbajo disclosed that the number of beneficiaries will be increased from 500,000 to 1.5 million.
He spoke during the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential rally in Ondo State.
Osinbajo stated that job creation and empowerment initiative of the APC government will triple when the government is re-elected on February 16.
He also explained that the APC government will continue to ensure that the monies of the people will work for the people, adding that even the enemies of President Buhari know that he is a man of integrity and uprightness.
According to Osinbajo: “The successful persons here are the ones who have decided to vote for a leader that fights tooth and nail against corruption and such a leader is President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I’ll be speaking on the three cardinal issues that are of paramount importance to this administration and one is, work for the youths.
“The President is really interested in ensuring that our youths are gainfully employed. Our universities and polytechnics produce 1.7 million graduates annually and these graduates enter into the labor market after NYSC.
“This was the main reason why we had to set up the N-Power scheme.
“We currently employ 500 thousand persons, but this is just the start as our target in the next level is to employ 1.5m individuals.”
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to immediately end the 62-day-old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Saraki emphasised the need for Nigeria’s universities to be re-opened without further delay, highlighting the fact that the education of Nigeria’s young people is being negatively affected by the stance of the government and is also disenfranchising the youths, many of whom are registered to vote in their universities — but are now stuck in their homes.
“In November 2016, the Senate intervened in the ASUU strike and met with the officials of the Ministries of Education and Labour, Employment and Productivity and the Academic Staff Union of Universities,” Saraki said.
“At that meeting, which was attended by the Minister of State for Education Anthony Anwuka and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity in the National Assembly, we agreed that the Federal Government should work to implement the agreement that it reached with ASUU in 2009, and subsequently, we set up a sub-committee to liaise with both ASUU and the Federal Government on this issue.
“The Federal Government must immediately work to address the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), because this issue goes beyond negotiations. It is affecting the education of Nigeria’s students, and disenfranchising many of them from participating in the upcoming general elections.
“Make no mistake, we cannot continue this system whereby our universities will be frequently shut down, thereby slowing down the education of our young people — and creating negative bottlenecks that place unnecessary stress on our universities.
“In another vein, our youth make up over 51 percent of registered voters. What does this mean for our electoral process, when young students who are registered to vote in their academic institutions, cannot do so because their schools are shut down? This is unacceptable.
“In this regard, I call on the Federal Government to immediately work on meeting the demands of ASUU and honouring all its prior commitments. On our part, the Senate will continue to work to ensure that Nigeria’s education sector is strengthened — and we are ready and willing to collaborate with both the Federal Government and ASUU to end this strike, and ensure that it does not become a recurrent issue,” Saraki stated.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigeria Students have threatened to boycott the general election if the ASUU strike is not called.