The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said that job creation and youth employment are part of the top priorities of President Buhari’s Next Level agenda.
The minister stated this when he received the Pan African Youth Union led by Mr. Niyi Oladele John, on a courtesy visit.
He said the problem of insecurity was all over Africa and that the situation could be heightened by youths who are not gainfully employed.
“The thinking here in the Ministry of Labour and Employment and this government is that the issue of youth employment and job creation should be top on our agenda and that is why Mr. President has decided to strengthen the ministry and its agencies, especially the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
“There are a lot of programmes under the ministry and its parastatals that are basically aimed at empowering our youths by making sure that they acquire basic skills to enable them survive on their own,” he said.
He then enjoined the youth union to generate a data base of youths with skills that the federal government could use to identify those to train and empower, adding that by doing so, government would have met the objectives of the union.