Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has clarified that it is not the responsibility of the government to create jobs for the people.
He made this statement during an interview on Arise News Television’s programme, ‘The Morning Show,’ where he discussed the President’s achievements over the last eight years. Adesida argued that the government’s responsibility is to create an enabling environment for job creation, while the private sector is responsible for creating jobs.
Adesina dismissed the notion that President Buhari promised to create three million jobs annually in 2015, stating that he never gave a specific figure for the number of jobs his administration aimed to create.
He explained that Buhari had only given the percentage of joblessness in the country. Adesina emphasized that as long as the government provides an enabling environment, the private sector will create the jobs.
He acknowledged the President’s achievements in various sectors, including oil and gas, infrastructure, legislative matters, and security. Despite these achievements, the Nigerian government has been criticized for not doing enough to address the country’s high unemployment rate. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate stood at 33.3%.