Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his administration’s determination to address the problem of youth unemployment in the country.
He said the series of government projects outlined to address the situation will generate 370,000 jobs across the country before the end of 2012.
He disclosed this on Monday during the launch of the Public Works and Women/Youth Employment (PW/WYE)) project, which is a component of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment (SURE) Program.
President Jonathan said the PW/WYE is designed to create immediate employment opportunities for women and youths in labor intensive public works.
The project, which is expected to generate 50,000 skilled jobs and 320,000 unskilled job opportunities will be implemented in partnership with the states, the local governments and the private sector.
The president underscored the importance of the project to his government, particularly in addressing unemployment, youth restiveness and violent crimes which he attributed to idleness.