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Job Creation Is Our Major Priority – FG



Job Creation Is Our Major Priority - FG
Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has, over the years, prioritized employment generation by integrating job creation in all its major policies, projects, and programs.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the formal presentation of the Research Report of Course 29 of the National Defence College (NDC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The report is titled “Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Africa’s Largest Youth Population”.

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Osinbajo recalled that when the president spoke about the budget in 2019, he mentioned that one of the critical things to do was that, with every policy, emphasis must be placed on job creation.

So, the key question that we ask regarding any government policy is how many jobs will this bring about, how many jobs it will create.

“And aside from that, there have also been several engagements with different policy bodies and ideas concerning job creation.

“The whole idea of creating jobs and opportunities especially in an economy of this size is that government’s involvement must be in creating the enabling environment.”

Osinbajo spoke on the current effort of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) which was inaugurated recently – the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS), which he had the privilege of chairing its Steering Committee.

“This is another of the very broad plans of creating opportunities and more jobs.

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“There are also other several job initiatives; the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) is a major plan of job creation, as a matter of fact, the major focus of the plan is job creation – sustaining existing jobs and then being able to create other jobs.

“The Food for Jobs program which is an agricultural program is a major initiative that has led to the identification of 5 million farmers, and these farmers are geo-tagged to their farmlands which is the first time that this has been done in the history of the country.

“They now have BVN numbers so that loans can be given to them and farm inputs as well.

“ So, the Food for Jobs Programme is a major agricultural plan.”

The vice president also spoke about the social housing and solar connections being components of the ESP, which have been prioritized by the federal government, to create jobs directly and indirectly for thousands of Nigerians, especially youths across the country.

Osinbajo commended the management of the college, adding that the NDC research initiative had been extremely useful in agitating the ideas, thoughts, and policies that could influence the direction of government.

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“I really want to commend the resourceful and insightful work that has been done especially with this issue of job creation, as you can imagine, this is obviously one of the critical problems that we have as an economy and a nation,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commandant of NDC, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, said the presentation of the research report was in response to the vice president’s request for research on job creation scenarios and strategy.

He said that Course 29 of the college, which comprised 96 participants across services within and outside the country, was presenting the report in fulfillment of the Higher Defence Management and Strategic Research.

The research report was presented on behalf of the Course 29 participants by Navy Capt T Ngada.

In another development, the vice president received, on a courtesy visit, the management of the Nigerian Exchange Limited, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Temi Popoola.

The delegation made a presentation on the post-demutualization activities of the Nigerian Exchange Group to the vice president.

Osinbajo commended the completion of the demutualization of the stock exchange.

According to him, it is a welcome development and fantastic that the process is now complete.

He urged the management of the company to explore areas of growing the stock market by venturing into emerging frontiers.

The vice president assured the management of the government’s support by way of policy to enable the company and the stock market to reach greater heights.

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media



e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters who have been posting fraudulent messages relating to the e-Naira launched recently.

Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications, said in a statement posted on the bank’s website on Wednesday, that the bank was not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens as claimed by the fraudsters.

“Following the formal launch of the eNaira on Monday, Oct. 25, the attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to criminal and illegal activities of some individuals and a fraudulent Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc purported to belong to the Bank.

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The impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the e-Naira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria, among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion e-Naira currency.

“These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion e-Naira currency.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria is not the owner of that Twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s ban. In effect, the Bank is not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens,’’ Nwanisobi said.

He urged Nigerians to always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the e-Naira website: or calling the e-Naira contact center on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them.

He also advised anyone seeking clarity to visit the digital currency’s current official social media handles:; and

Nwanisobi urged that suspicious activity by members of the public should be reported to the CBN using or to relevant law enforcement agencies. 

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation



Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

Following an undercover investigation by Isa Jere Idris, the acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), which uncovered corrupt practises, some officials of the service have been removed from their respective offices.

As reported on Newsrand, Idris ordered the arrest of some NIS corrupt officials after he disguised as a passport applicant on Monday, October 18, 2021.

In a follow-up to the undercover investigation, some officers were removed from their offices, leading to a shakeup in the service.

Amongst those affected was the passport control officer at the Ikoyi passport office under the Lagos State Command of the NIS, Ibrahim Liman, a deputy comptroller of immigration.

Liman’s counterparts at the Ikeja and FESTAC Town passport offices of the NIS, N.J Dashe and Adeola Adesokan respectively, have also been removed from their offices.

While Liman and Adesokan have been transferred to the service headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Dashe has been transferred to the zone ‘A’ command of the service which covers both Ogun and Lagos states.

A deputy comptroller of immigration service, Abolupe Oladoyin Bewaji, has been appointed as Liman’s replacement while Dashe and Adesokan were replaced by R.L Bukar and S. Umar, both of whom are also deputy comptrollers of immigration.

The new posting is contained in an internal memo.

The memo, signed by the deputy comptroller general of NIS in charge of human resources, A.B Yarima, noted that the new posting is with immediate effect.

“I am directed to convey approval for the following posting with immediate effect,” the memo reads in part, listing eight officers concerned.

Also affected in the new reshuffle include A.I Bambale, who has been moved from zone ‘A’ command to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Bambale, a comptroller of immigration service, was replaced by Sunday James, who was moved from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to zone ‘A’ in Lagos.

James is the immediate past spokesperson for the service who was replaced in June by an assistant comptroller of immigration, Amos Okpu.

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