Osinbajo urges unity, says Nigeria can’t afford to disintegrate
Minister advises youths to apply for national social investment programme
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has described Nigeria as a diversified country that cannot afford to break.Osinbajo stated this yesterday in Calabar during his visit to Cross River State where he performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Calabar Industrial Park, which he described as one of the best industrial hubs in Africa.
He said: “The industrial park is going to be a major industrial hub in Africa when completed. I am honoured to be part of the ground-breaking ceremony.The Acting President, who commended the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, for the great initiative, pledged the support of the Federal Government to the construction of the super highway, as it would enhance economic and social development of the state.
“Cross River State is so much an intriguing part of Nigeria and every part needs the other. We are greater together than apart. When people speak of Nigeria, it is because of its diversity. Unity is absolutely important because God wants us to be united.
“The Federal Government was doing everything possible to accommodate every Nigerian. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government will continue to work assiduously for the interest and development of all sections of the country,” the Acting President said.
In another development, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, has advised youths to apply for the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).
Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja that government would scale up the N-SIP to accommodate more beneficiaries.The N-SIP is a Federal Government programme aimed at reducing poverty and improving livelihoods of vulnerable groups such as the unemployed youths, women and children.
The minister said that each component of the programme would be scaled up this year.She said: “In N-Power scheme, 200,000 beneficiaries have been employed. We are supposed to increase it to 500,000 beneficiaries in 2017.”
Ahmed, who said the Acting President had directed that the online portal should be reopened on June 17, advised youths to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for the next batch to empower themselves.
The minister said that the process was delayed initially because of the effort to eliminate fraudulent applicants and to make the process transparent.
She said that programme had not been able to attain its set target because of the delay in starting its actual implementation.
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