Several initiatives of President Muhammadu Buhari targeted at creating jobs for the youths and alleviating poverty among women and vulnerable groups have been described as the best in the history of the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, stated this in Kaduna at a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum with traditional rulers on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
In a presentation to the meeting, the Minister, who was a member of the Federal Government’s delegation said the Buhari administration has remained committed to creating jobs for the teeming youths and alleviating poverty.
He identified the N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund, (NYIF), initiated by the government aimed at providing opportunities for the youths.
Mr Mohammed said the Fund is part of the N2.3 trillion Economic Sustainability Plan to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on most vulnerable Micro Small Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs), across the country.
The Information and Culture Minister further said the fund approved by the Federal Executive Council, (FEC), on July 22, 2020 targets young people between ages 18 to 35 years and is expected to last from 2020 to 2023).
The Minister also listed MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the administration’s initiative at jobs sustainability.
The Emirs of Ilorin and Gwandu, Tor Tiv, the Shehu of Borno, the Etsu Nupe and the Ona of Abaji in the FCT also attended the meeting.