The All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, have promised to create seven million new jobs in 2019 and beyond.
This was contained in the party’s manifesto titled: “Next Level” which was released on Sunday. The ruling party disclosed that plans were underway for industrialising the nation and supporting its march away from mono-economy while creating new jobs.
An analysis of the document’s content under job creation reveals that the APC and its presidential flagbearer plan to create 6.5million new jobs from the agricultural sector.
Specifically, the manifesto says its agricultural mechanisation policy will generate 5million new jobs while its livestock transformation plan will add 1.5million to the country’s workforce.
The APC also said its presidential candidate would create another 500,000 jobs in the technology and creative fields through a $500,000 innovation fund to the sectors bringing the total number of targeted new jobs to seven million.
The manifesto further revealed that an extra 300,000 jobs will be created for food vendors and farmers with the expansion of the scope of its school feeding program from 9.2million to 15million children.
Finally, on jobs creation, the party said it will engage one million unemployed graduates under its N-Power programme, support another one million citizens through its Anchor Borrowers’ programme, skill-up 10 million Nigerians under a voucher payment system in partnership with private sector, and train 200,000 youths for outsourcing market in technology services and entertainment.