- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the present administration has introduced various intervention programmes to empower women and youths
- He emphasises the need to invest in people through social inclusion, said that getting the country out of poverty was a task involving planning, physical and discipline
- Workers back the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the federal government
The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that 500,000 graduates had so far been recruited under the federal government’s N-power programme.
Osinbajo disclosed this at a conference tagged: Harnessing demographic dividend for sustainable development in Nigeria: The role of religious leaders,’’ organised by United Nations population fund in Abuja, The news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He noted that the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had introduced various intervention programmes to empower women and youths in order reduce unemployment and poverty.
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The vice president added that about 400,000 Nigerians were currently benefitting from the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme of the present government.
Osinbajo also said that no fewer than 9.2 million children were being fed daily under the federal government’s school feeding programme.
Besides, he said that the states that keyed into the programme had risen from 25 to 26 as at this month.
On Democratic Dividend (DD) Osinbajo said that to avoid ‘the time bomb’ the government must build economy that would support the growing population of the country.
He said that gaining economic advantage involved national consensus and individual families must key into this programme of achieving the DD.
According to him, it is now the business of heads of families to prioritise the education and health of their dependents.
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The vice president, who emphasised the need to invest in people through social inclusion, said that getting the country out of poverty was a task involving planning, physical and discipline.
“This government is committed and determined to take the country out of the current challenges therefore religious leaders must play their roles because no real progress will take place without their involvement.
They have strong voice and they have responsibility to hold government accountable to ensure resources go round and meet the needs of the people,” he said.
Osinbajo thanked UNFPA and other partners for organising the conference, saying that religious leaders needed to know the prevailing policy issues concerning the DD.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian workers on Thursday, September 13, threw their weight behind the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the federal government over delay regarding new minimum wage. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Labour leaders had on Wednesday cautioned the federal government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage and allow the tripartite committee to conclude its job to avoid action.
The labour leaders, who are members of the Minimum Wage Committee at a joint news conference addressed in Lagos, gave the Federal Government 14 days to ensure that the committee conclude its work or be ready to face action.
The president, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, had said that the committee was not pleased with the comments allegedly made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
Ngige had last week said that the committee should adjourn indefinitely to give room for further consultations with the government.
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