Nigeria to focus on Agriculture, Solid Minerals to Create Jobs – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Government will take advantage of the vast opportunities in the agric, solid minerals, and real sectors to create jobs for Nigerians.

Mohammed said at a Forum in Abuja that “all we are waiting for is the 2016 Budget to be put in place.”

The minister said that the present administration would invest massively in developing infrastructure because it would be difficult to create jobs without such investment.

“Job creation, which is our major promise, is going to be realised and all we are waiting for is the 2016 Budget to be put in place. This administration is going to use the instrumentality of agriculture, solid minerals, and the real sector to create more jobs for Nigerians.

“You cannot create jobs without investing massively in infrastructure and I know that what we are aiming at this year is to ensure that most of our spending will be on infrastructural development.

“I think last year the country did about 60 percent only in capital expenditure; we hope that we will do at least 30 percent this year in capital expenditure.

“This government is committed to investing in our youth; this government is interested in bringing out millions of Nigerians out of abject poverty.

“By the time the 2016 budget is released, you will see clearly that the emphasis on this government is to bring out as many people from abject poverty, create jobs, and also present an environment that will encourage entrepreneurs,” Mohammed said.

Mohammed, who noted that between 60 million and 80 million Nigerians live below the poverty line, reiterated the government’s commitment to assisting vulnerable groups through its social intervention programmes.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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