President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to creating jobs for the youthful population of Nigeria.
Speaking Thursday in Abuja during an audience with Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), President Buhari said: “In the last four years, this government prioritised Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure development.
Our focus in these areas was to create jobs today and ensure peace and equitable prosperity for future generations.”
President Buhari also told the ILO chief that his government had “attacked head-on the big deficit in Power, Roads, Bridges, Rails and Housing … in order to ensure adequate housing is available today and for many years to come.”
He attributed some of the achievements of his government so far to consultations before taking critical decisions affecting the labour force.
This consultative approach aligns with the vision of the ILO to keep communications open, create jobs, ensure social justice and eliminate worker exploitation,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Guy Ryder told the President that he was in Nigeria to attend the Global Youth Employment Forum where over 60 countries have gathered to address practically the most pressing challenge of finding decent jobs for young people.