President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration would leave no stone unturned in its bid to create jobs for Nigerians.
He stated this when he met with the leadership of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) on Wednesday at the State House in Abuja.
“Nigeria is a blessed country with abundant resources. We have all it takes locally to meet our most basic needs,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by media adviser, Femi Adesina.
He added, “Our history of unnecessary importation of the most basic items meant we were exporting jobs to other countries at the expense of our own citizens. This administration is determined and taking steps to bring these jobs back to Nigeria.
“Our policies are simply designed for that. There is no doubt, the implementation of such policies will not be hitch-free. As you have pointed out, there are challenges in some areas that need to be addressed.
“I want to assure you that we are looking into these and other matters to ensure we have a sustainable platform for businesses to succeed.”
The President explained that unnecessary importations into the country would be stopped in order to bring back jobs for Nigerians.
He insisted that his administration was focused on creating an enabling environment for Nigerian businesses to flourish by implementing various policies and programmes to support job creation.
President Buhari pointed out that the nation’s private sector has remained a platform for inclusive growth in the past four years.
According to him, his administration invested a lot of time and effort through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to improve the Ease of Doing Business.
The President added that they implemented various policies and programmes to support job creation in agriculture, mining and other key sectors.
On job creation, he said, “This journey is a long one that requires patience, understanding and perseverance. I would, therefore, encourage you to continue to engage government by providing honest and constructive feedback. Together, we can build a Nigeria that we will all be proud of.
“On our part as an administration, I assure you that we will continue to do our best to support you in your efforts as Employers of labour and vital institutions in our country.”
President Buhari thanked the group for the visit and the association for its contributions to the nation since inception in 1957.