President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the newly inaugurated ministers to reduce the backlog of 20 million unemployed and underemployed Nigerians across the country. The president while administering the oath of office to the newly appointed ministers in Abuja on Wednesday, August 21, said he is convinced that with the support of an inclusive growth strategy the economy can be built.
“I am convinced that we can build a buoyant economy that supports inclusive growth and creates broad-based prosperity for every Nigerian – one that will absorb the two million Nigerians entering the labour market each year, as well as reduce the backlog of over 20 million unemployed or underemployed Nigerians,” President Buhari said.
He also urged the ministers to intensify efforts to reduce internal security threats and eliminate corruption at all levels. The president said such efforts would ensure that Nigerians have a safe and corruption-free environment where they can live and conduct their businesses, without fear and intimidation.
“All these are only possible if we are relentless about delivering on the priorities that are vital to our overall objectives – and on the specific actions and targets that have been identified to guide policy direction and implementation as specified in our road map,” he said.