The Federal Government has launched an action plan for youth job creation to minimise unemployment.
Minister of Youth and Sport Sunday Dare announced this in Abuja at the launch of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, NIYEAP 2021-2024.
Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mohammed Manga in a statement said the launch of the programme is an expression of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment.
He also explained that the plan is in the government’s effort to continue to facilitate an enabling environment that will create about 3.7 million jobs annually, so as to achieve national development goals, particularly, sustainable economic growth in the country.
The Minister however, noted that youth unemployment has really assuming an uncomfortable proportion and that its effect has not only led to frustration on the part of the youth.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Nebeolisa Anako said the action plan would provide kinetic solutions to youth unemployment and restiveness, through multi-sectoral collaboration.
In a good will message, the UNIDO Representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Jean Bakole noted that the launch was apt, as it was coming when it was mostly needed as the world faced a worsening youth unemployment crisis, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.