Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, has ensured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari has worked hard to guarantee that the ministerial list arrives at the Senate house on time.
He indicated this after meeting with Buhari over the weekend after the National Assembly leadership.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the ex governor of Abia State said after the conference, the management of the National Assembly was persuaded that Buhari is working around the clock to get the list of ministerial appointees to the Senate on time.
He said Buhari explained to them that, before sending the ministerial list to the Legislature for review and validation, he required wider scrutiny.
“President Buhari is making all efforts to get the ministerial list to the National Assembly. At least, I was in the room at the meeting.
“It is not good to misquote the president. I am sure that the list would be ready very soon. Sooner than you people think.
“The president said that he is making a wider consultation and that in the last tenure, he was just handed over the list by party people to appoint.
“He said that he is making a background check on everyone of them to make sure they are people he can work with.”
We Have Lifted Five Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Three Years – FG
According to President Buhari, The President of Nigeria, His administration has been able to change the Poverty status of over five million Nigerians in the space of three years. This was possible through the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the federal government.
Mr Buhari said this at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the forum was an opportunity for young persons to address the challenges of national economic stability.
The president’s claim came despite report by the World Poverty Clock in 2018 that Nigeria had overtaken India with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.
According to the report released in May 2018, Nigeria now has an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Mr Buhari commended the ILO for committing itself to youth employment.
He noted that the federal government had an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing demographics and the emerging world of work.
“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse.
“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.
“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.
“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.
“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.
“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.
“In addition to this achievement, some sectors of the economy with high propensity for massive job creation and employment generation were specifically target by the government for various forms of support.”
JUST IN: Channels TV reporter hit by stray bullet Shiite protest dies
A reporter with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja has died.
The Shi’ites protest turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.
Owolabi who is a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was reported dead during the Channels Television 10 pm news bulletin.
It was gathered that he died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
“The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
“They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest,” part of the statement from the station reads.
More to come.