FG, LGs to sustain synergy against poverty, unemployment
Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has affirmed the Federal Government’s continued partnership with local councils in the area of poverty reduction and unemployment.
The minister told Association of Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON) at a trade fair in Abuja that for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to move 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years, there was need to partner with stakeholders, to stimulate grassroots development.
He added that government had put policies and programmes in place to boost Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in all the country’s 774 local councils.
“It is our belief, as a ministry, that by building synergy and strengthening the on-going efforts of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) through their Lease Operate and Own Scheme (LOPOS) and one Local Government, one Product (ONLOP) programme to rapidly industrialise our communities, we can deliver over four million jobs annually.
“I strongly believe it has showcased the individual economic peculiarities and comparative advantage of the local councils to create the desired appeal to prospective investors,” he stated.
Akume explained the need for the three tiers of government to be well coordinated to align their economic development efforts and empower the local councils to drive value-adding economic activities on primary raw materials/commodities and natural endowments at the local council. “This makes it possible for the wards to serve as Presidential Economic Development Districts that will serve as the building blocks of a re-engineered Nigerian economy built from the bottom up.”