President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by him has employed over 8.75 million Nigerians under various social investment programmes.
President Buhari, giving a breakdown of the figure, said seven million Nigerians were engaged under the N- Power scheme, which represented 70% of the targeted beneficiaries, while 1.75 million others were recruited under the National Safety Net Programme for the poor and the vulnerable.
It was reported that this was contained in the president’s remarks at the 28th convocation and 36th Founders Day ceremony of the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state, on Friday, February 1.
The president was reportedly represented by Professor Abubakar Adamu Rashers, the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
About 259,451 Nigerians were also said to have been engaged under government enterprise programmes, while the Bank of Industry (BOI) had also provided “soft loans” to more than 300,000 Nigerians, with others given necessary support and start-up packs.
The president reiterated his commitment by improving the country’s security, providing more employment opportunities and eradication corruption. He said: “We have downgraded Boko Haram and we are routing out the remnants of Boko Haram in the northeast and anywhere they are hiding in Nigeria.”
“We are prosecuting high profile Nigerians; we will continue to wage war against corruption. “My administration is taking some tough decisions today in order to bequeath our future generation better tomorrow that we can all be proud of.
We should embrace the idea of making more sacrifice.” In his remarks, Professor Abdullahi Bala, the vice chancellor of the university, called for more efforts to improve learning in tertiary institutions.