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Opposition lacks the moral right to blame Buhari for unemployment - Lai Mohammed

Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the opposition lacked the moral right to blame President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for unemployment in the country.

The minister who was a guest at the New Africa Magazine in London on Thursday, October 18, said the previous administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) created the unemployment that the present administration was addressing, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Fielding questions from the editorial board of the Pan-African magazine, the minister said that the government had created millions of job through right policies and programme.

“The opposition created the unemployment. As at the time when the nation was earning so much billions of dollars from oil, they left the infrastructure to decay and corruption was at the peak.

“What we have done when we came in was to stop the pillage and bleeding and start massive investment in critical infrastructure which is key to generating jobs.

“Our records are there for the people to see,’’ he said.

The minister stressed that the Buhari’s administration had done a lot in fixing the economy through right policies and programmes as well as deployment of resources.

Specifically, Mohammed said the government was investing massively in infrastructural development to revive the economy and the fund so far deployed in the area in three years was more than that of the PDP’s 16 years.

He said the government had been funding all the projects abandoned by the PDP led government including the Mambilla power project, roads including Lagos-Ibadan dual carriage way, Abuja-Kano expressway, East-West road and the second Niger bridge among others.

He said the Buhari administration had diversified the economy and reduced the importation of rice staple from 480,000MT to 25,000MT, thereby, saving five billion dollars hitherto spent on its importation daily.

The minister noted that the official blocking of importation of rice and the support by government through the Anchor Borrower Programme had encouraged local production of the staple.

Mohammed added that not less than 21 integrated rice mills had been in optimum operation through the programme.

In another report, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, October 18, dismissed reports that the federal government was planning to sell the Ajaokuta Steel Complex.

Governor Yahaha Bello of Kogi state said the vice president told the National Economic Council (NEC) that the federal government was planning how to better manage the firm for the benefit of Nigerians at large, The Nation reports.
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