Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige, has revealed that no administration in the history of Nigeria had surpassed that of President Muhammadu Buhari in job creation. Labour Minister Chris Ngige.
Ngige said this while speaking with State House reporters on Thursday after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Labour Minister Chris Ngige
He said seven million jobs have been created so far. According to him, the creation of ‘blue collar’ jobs received a boost because of the economic diversification policy of the government.
Ngige said, “We promised jobs when we came on board, but what has happened is that people tried to quantify jobs in terms of ‘white collar’ jobs for graduates from universities, polytechnic but they don’t want to look at the ‘blue collar’ jobs.
“Agriculture and its chains alone have created more than five to seven million jobs. I am talking in terms of rice from rice tilling, harvesting, sending to the paddies, mills, and even where people are making the jut bags, transportations, people are getting jobs.
“So, that value chain alone from agriculture is enormous. Take the N-power, we have created millions of jobs from here, skill acquisition from the National Directorate of Employment, NDE and other agencies of government, jobs are being created.
“We give them tools as plumbers, electricians, cosmetologists, shoemakers, tilers and several other areas. We have created several jobs,” he added.
Ngige, who was a former Governor of Anambra State, under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.