Speaking at the 6th Graduation Ceremony of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), founded by former Rivers First Lady Dame Judith Amaechi , in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Minister said over seven million jobs have been created in the agriculture sector alone.
“In Agriculture, for example, this Administration has created over seve million jobs. When the Administration assumed office in May 2015, about five million farmers were engaged in rice production. Thanks to the Administration’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, the number of farmers engaged in rice production today stands at 12.2 million. These are verifiable facts, not fiction,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said 69,736 jobs have been created in the Power, Works and Housing Sector, while the Administration’s National Social Investment Programmes have created at least 200,000 jobs, in addition to empowering 500,000 others under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
The Minister also said the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, through which 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states are being fed with one meal a day, has created jobs for 61,352 cooks.
He commended Dame Amaechi for establishing the ESI programme, which is an entrepreneurial and skills acquisition programme for youths and women of the Niger Delta, saying such programmes complement the Federal Government’s efforts to provide jobs for the citizens.
“National development is not just the duty of the government, but that of the citizens. In other words, all of us, as citizens, have a role to play in ensuring the development of our nation. This has been amply demonstrated by Dame Judith Amaechi in setting up this Empowerment Support Initiative,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
He charged the graduands fo make the best use of the opportunities that the ESI programme has given them, saying that is the best way they can justify the efforts of the ESI founder.