The Federal Government through its social investment scheme, N-Power, has employed over 200,000 people and has said that plans are already underway to hire another 300,000 unemployed graduates.
The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo made this known when he spoke during the inauguration of a one-stop-shop for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and GEEP in Ilorin, as well as the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College in Ajase Ipo, Kwara State.
He also said the government would use part of the N500bn social investment scheme to provide credit to at least one million entrepreneurs, market women and artisans under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.
Osinbajo lauded the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for his achievements, adding that Kwara remained one of the leading states in the federation in the provision of employment, creation of enabling environment for businesses and provision of necessary platforms for the development of youths.
At the inauguration of IVTEC, Osinbajo canvassed the establishment of technical centres to cater for aggressive talents among Nigerian youths and the needs of the country.
He condemned importation of skilled artisans from neighbouring West African countries into Nigeria, adding that Nigeria had a high number of talented youths with aggressive minds to succeed in trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.
The VP described IVTEC as one of the major important projects any government should be proud to undertake.