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3 Nov 2017

Buhari Surpasses All Other Presidents, Creates 7m 'Blue Collar' Jobs - Ngige Speaks

Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige has claimed that no administration in the history of Nigeria had surpassed that of President Muhammadu Buhari in job creation.

The minister stated that more than seven million jobs were created in the agriculture sector in the last two and half years.

Dr. Ngige spoke with State House reporters after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He insisted that the creation of ‘blue collar’ jobs received a boost because of the economic diversification policy of the government.

He said: “We promised jobs when we came on board, but what has happened is that people tried to quantify jobs in terms of ‘white collar’ jobs for graduates from universities, polytechnic but they don’t want to look at the ‘blue collar’ jobs.

He listed the jobs in Agriculture to be between five to seven million jobs in terms of rice from rice tilling, harvesting, sending to the paddies, mills, and even where people are making the jut bags, transportations, people are getting jobs.

- In N-power, we have created millions of jobs from here, skill acquisition from the National Directorate of Employment(NDE) and other agencies of government, jobs are being created. We give them tools as plumbers, electricians, cosmetologists, shoe makers, tilers and several other areas. We have created several jobs.

He also noted that the federal government was in the process of accelerating the implementation of a new minimum wage Act, since the previous one expired in 2016.

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