By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raju Fashola, has advised Nigeria youths to make use of their Permanent Vote’s Cards (PVCs) wisely by making a right choice on the Presidential and National Assembly elections coming up on Saturday, saying that the choice they make among candidates would go a long way in determining their future.
Fashola who gave the advice at a book launch in City Hall, Lagos, stated that it would be disastrous for the nation and the youths if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is voted back into power.
“It is through the choice you will be making on Saturday that will determine who will lead you for the next four years and so you should make a right choice of voting All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to take the country to the next level”, said Fashola.
Highlighting the achievements of President Muhammedu Buhari led administration, the minister pointed out that most of the policies implemented by the government were targeted to favour the downtrodden, adding that government investment in infrastructures were to reduce unemployment.
“Investment in infrastructures would help to reduce unemployment and so, it is appropriate as the government invests in infrastructures to help reduce rate of unemployment.
“Our government is constructing roads in 14 federal universities and through this, more jobs are created. Rural areas where there are quarry sites are benefiting from the contractors who are hired to construct roads because they would make use of quarry from these rural areas. In this wise, the economy of the rural areas are boosted”, said Fashola.
He added that in the last 3years, the Buhari administration had created opportunities for the expansion, growth and development of the small scale enterprises, saying that they had benefitted immensely from the micro-credit facilities initiated by the government.
The Minister pointed out, “The Social Intervention Fund (SIF) was created to empower the small and medium scale businesses. N-Power policy is as well to empower the people at the bottom of the pyramid. Credit facilities were granted to SMSEs operators to grow the micro economy.”
While advising the youths on how to be relevant economically, Fashola said the Nigeria youths need to equip themselves with contemporary entrepreneur skills, saying that this would position them well to tap from the contemporary opportunities government policies throw at them.
Fashola stated that the country is moving from a certificate driven job creation to a skill driven job creation and so youths need to move with the trend by acquiring relevant skills for economic growth.
The Minister explained, “Develop more vocational skills, develop yourself in technology because government will be making use of technology to boost the economy and you can tap from the opportunities this will bring up.”