Vice President of Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday said the Federal Government would employ 200,000 unemployed graduates by the end of the month.
Osinbajo made this disclosure while speaking with a small group of radio journalists and producers at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
According to him, the implementation plans for the effective commencement of a number of the social investment programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency has reached advanced stages as the selection of the first 200,000 unemployed graduates to get jobs is now being completed.
He said, “We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000 out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme.
“Definitely, before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their home-grown school feeding programme. The programme will energise agriculture in the different states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with.
“We’ll be hiring caterers, cooks, etc in each state because it’ll be federal government-funded from primary 1 to 3 and the state governments, hopefully, would be able to cater for the other classes.
The VP added that the direct government jobs is meant “to keep this young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device, which will also help them to learn several skills that they can develop as time goes on.”