Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide has disclosed that the FCT administration would jointly develop framework for job creation with the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation.
Akinjide, who stated this in Abuja while welcoming to her office the Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Miss Josephine Washima, said job creation was a crucial part of nation building which in turn make a virile economy.
Her words: “The FCT Administration will work together with the Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation to develop a template for job creation. This is an important assignment which Mr. President attaches top priority to.
“The Government wants to grow the economy and is seriously focusing on sectors that will provide employment to the people. The 2013 Budget has been christened ‘Fiscal Consolidation and Inclusive Growth’ by Mr. President. It shows the crucial nature of job creation and seriousness attached to it by the government”.
She noted that the government’s objective was to achieve inclusive growth by identifying and developing job creation opportunities in different sectors of the economy such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction, housing, solid minerals, aviation and creative industry.
The Minister encouraged the presidential aide to collaborate with out ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the government in carrying out her assignment.
Earlier, the Special Assistant had explained that her Office was established in order to reduce the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.
She added that this would be done through monitoring and evaluating the various agencies and sectors, saddled with the responsibility of generating employment through their activities.
“The aim of the Office of Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation is to develop strategic programmes that will generate mass employment of Nigerian youths and interface with all job creation agencies on policy direction of government.
“We shall also be developing a strategy for self-employment and entrepreneurship with emphasis on agriculture and agro-industries, small and medium enterprises and mineral resources, among others,” Washima noted.