BUHARI CREATED 11,000 JOBS IN ONE MINISTRY, SAYS PERM SEC

Contrary to insinuations of lack of jobs under the present administration, the Buhari government created over 11, 000 jobs in the Ministry of Interior alone, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore has revealed.

He said the Ministry had played major roles in employment creation under the present leadership, asserting that the Federal Government through the Ministry had responded to employment creation for the citizens to mitigate the challenges in the labour market.

Belgore, who asserted that there was a correlation between the soaring unemployment rate and the exponential increase in population in Nigeria, called for concerted efforts to address the problem.

The Permanent Secretary made the remarks at a meeting with the Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on job creation, Mrs Tilda Mmegwa in Abuja.

He disclosed that the last couple of years had witnessed unprecedented recruitment into paramilitary outfits under the supervision of the ministry.

According to a statement from the office of the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, Mr. Afonja Ajibola, Belgore said more than 9,000 Nigerians were recruited into both the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

He added that about 1,000 intakes each were admitted into Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and Federal Fire Service (FFS).

Belgore revealed further that the multiplier effects of job creation are unique in granting Business Permits to new businesses in addition to expatriate quotas granted to joint venture firms and wholly owned Nigerian companies by the Ministry.

He said these functions are domiciled in the Ministry’s Business and Citizenship Department (C&B).

“While the Ministry grants expatriate quotas to firms and companies under the joint venture arrangements or wholly owned Nigerian companies, we encourage hiring of Nigerian professionals to fill some vacancies. This is done to generate employment for Nigerian professionals,” he said.

Belgore also used the occasion to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his uncommon investment in Federal Fire Service by taking its fleet of firefighting trucks from abysmal numbers to more than 100 functional modern fire gadgets, adding that procurement of these fire gadgets had improved operations and response to the disaster.

Mrs. Mmegwa commended the ministry and the leadership provided by the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, saying her office would collaborate with the Ministry to gather data on employment situations in the Ministry and other agencies of government.

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