FG about to Create 2 Million Jobs – Lai Mohammed

According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, his ministry will establish two million jobs within the next three years following Buhari administration’s intention to mitigate unemployment and bring 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Mohammed revealed this to the State House correspondents on Wednesday, after the sixth virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), governed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

It had been broadcasted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the minister had initially presented to the Council, the Ministerial Performance Report of the ministry, comprising August 2019 to June 2020.

The minister said, the Cultural Industrial Centres, which are spread across the country, can create 500,000 jobs in the next three years, since the country can have about 100,000 jobs just by restoring museums, particularly in Lagos, Plateau and Kwara.

In his words: “But the good news, as contained in today’s presentation, is that the Ministry of Information and Culture is set to create over 2 million jobs within the next three years.

“We are doing this through the implementation of deliverable number seven, which mandates us to collaborate with the private sector to create jobs for the youth.

He also made it known that the Digital Switch Over (DSO) would be the main source of job creation, as it is set to create over one million jobs within the next three years.

“The number one job creator under the Ministry of Information and Culture is the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in broadcasting, which is set to create one million jobs in the next three years through the manufacturing of set-top-boxes (decoders) and TV sets, TV and Film production, as well as TV and Online advertising and Data, among others.”

The minister disclosed that the DSO will also bring about 100 million dollars from the collection of TV licences and Digital Access Fess. And another one billion dollars from the sale of the spectrum that would be vacated as soon as the Analogue to Digital migration has been completed.

He said that the ministry has already started the DSO in five states (Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Kaduna, and Plateau) and the Federal Capital Territory also, while actions had been intensified to extend the commencement to all parts of the country.

He also talked about the revenue that could be realized in the advertising sector. According to him, $200-400 million dollars.

In his words : “As for the Advertising Sector, bringing Nigeria’s TV advertisement market to what it should be, which is three times its current size, could result in additional $200-400 million dollars revenue to the industry, in addition to creating thousands of jobs,’’

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammad Bello, also discussed about the correspondents on the result of the meeting, saying that the Council approved about N6.7 billion for the construction of roads in Abaji Area Council of the FCT.

He disclosed that N4.6 billion of the approved amount would be spent on the construction of a road linking Yaba to Gurdi road and the remaining N2.1 billion would be used on the third phase of the construction of township road within the Abaji city centre.

The minister said: “During the Federal Executive Council, I presented two memos on the FCT and both were on infrastructure projects in the satellite towns.

“The first one is the award for the construction of a road linking Yaba to Gurdi road in Abaji Area Council and that contract was approved for N4,648,255,381.42 with a completion period of 20 months.

“Already the company is constructing the road linking Yaba town to the main Abuja-Lokoja expressway; so this road is meant to open up the rural community which is very agrarian with a lot of water resources. As a matter of fact, it is the area where we usually have the FCT fishing festival.

“The second contract is for the third phase of the construction of roads within the city of Abaji which is in the southern tip of the FCT.

“This is about 8.4 kilometres and is intended to complete and complement the other roads that are already there.

“The contract is in the sum of N2,128,176,102.50 with a completion period of six months and this will upgrade the infrastructure in Abaji town.”

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