The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that the best way to remember Nigerian youths who lost their lives at the recent recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Immigration Service was to create more jobs for the unemployed.
Okonjo-Iweala said this at the Housing Stakeholders Summit in Abuja, yesterday, reiterating the determination of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to create more jobs for youths in several sectors, including the housing, agriculture and ICT sectors, among others.
“The best way to honour the memory of the youths who died during the immigration exercise is for us to work harder to create more jobs,” said the minister.
“We created 1.6m jobs as confirmed by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, but these are not enough. Every year 1.8m new entrants come into the job market. This is in addition to 5.3million that have accumulated over time. So we need to work harder and faster to create more jobs for our youths.
“We are focusing on housing because this sector can significantly increase the number of jobs in addition to growing the economy. This sector will create jobs for builders, carpenters, plumbers, managers, interior decorators and so many jobs.
“This event is not for long grammar. It is about action; it is about numbers, it is about meeting targets and deadlines so that the jobs will be created and the houses built.”