Dr. Christopher Kolade, Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Employment Programme on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, expressed concerns over the high level of unemployment in the country. He said no fewer than 40 million Nigerians were unemployed.
He made the statement through the Technical Assistant to Community Services, Women and Youth Employment, SURE-P, Emeka Ekpunobi, during the one-day stakeholders sensitisation programme on Graduate Internship Scheme, by SURE-P in collaboration with Kalends Consulting. Kolade said the SURE-P was a platform through which the Federal Government planned to reduce unemployment.
He said, “Issue of job creation is a very critical one which over the years posed a challenge to governments at different levels.
“It was in recognition of this that President Goodluck Jonathan mandated SURE-P to marshal out intervention programmes to address this challenge.
“Through the GIS, we have the mandate to create 50,000 jobs. This sensitisation workshop is very important to us because it is part of our commitment to ensure that the GIS achieves the objectives for which it was set up.