Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Jonathan - Nigeria Risks Crisis Unless Jobs Are Created

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the nation risks crisis if jobs are not created.

He said this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while receiving a delegation of the business community from Anambra State.

He noted that Nigeria has a huge population of youths, hence the need for the government to create jobs.

The president, however, maintained that his administration was committed to creating jobs for the youth.

"We're totally committed to creating jobs. Nigeria is a country with huge population of youths. If jobs are not created, there will be crisis. The housing, agriculture and power sectors are also receiving attention," he said.

Speaking further, Jonathan said with his administration's new national automotive industry policy, Nigeria will soon be exporting cars to other countries.

He assured that the government would continue to encourage industrialists in the country, also reiterated his administration's commitment to job creation which, according to him, is a major way of preventing crisis.

"In the next few years, Nigeria will begin to export cars to other countries. We're encouraging government to support local manufacturers. If any country will be great, it must industrialise. If Nigeria must be a great country, we must industrialise. To this end, we'll continue to encourage industrialists in Anambra," he said.

Jonathan, who said the government was improving the power sector owing to its critical role in industrialisation, assured those basic industrialists' needs such as roads and ports would be appropriately addressed.

Also speaking, Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo recalled that Jonathan had approved $3.7 billion to improve power transmission across Nigeria.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Anambra State Governor Peter Obi declared the group's support for the president.

He said: "You've excess credit in your political account that these people are ready to pay you when you need it."

Obi also presented some of their needs including completion of the 330/132/33KV power substation at Nnewi, provision of uninterrupted power supply in the Onitsha Harbour Industrial Area and Ozubulu Industrial Hub, completion of Nnamdi Azikwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi and inclusion of Anambra State in the rail master plan.

Obi also appealed for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of such federal roads as Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Section 1, Nnewi-Okija, and start of Onitsha Second Niger Bridge, completion of the Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriageway and completion of Umueze-Anam Kogi Roads.

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