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VP Yemi Osinbajo has uncovered that 39.4 million Nigerians may be out of employment before the finish of 2020 as indicated by projections gotten by the financial maintainability advisory group.

Osinbajo who revealed this while introducing the panel’s report to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday June 11, said the National Bureau of Statistics additionally extends that the nation would have an income shortage of N185 billion month to month with oil costs at $30 a barrel.

The Vice President expressed the projection may come to the real world if government doesn’t take brief measures. He uncovered that the panel has been given the duty of building up a valid maintainability plan for repositioning the Nigerian economy pre and post COVID-19 emergency period.

Osinbajo said;

“Several projections, including those done by the NBS on behalf of the economic sustainability committee, showed a severe downturn in our oil earnings, as a result of which, even with oil price at $30 a barrel, we would still have a shortfall of about N185 billion every month, in the amount available for allocation to the three tiers of government.

“That unemployment may rise to 33.6 percent or about 39.4 million people by the end of 2020 if we fail to take prompt preemptive measures; that millions more will fall extreme poverty before the pandemic ends; that GDP may fall to between minus 4.40% and minus 8.91%, depending on the length of the lockdown period and strength of our economic response.

We have therefore recommended that we must carry out mass programmes that create jobs and utilise local materials. Such will include a mass agricultural programme, which is expected to bring between 20,000 and 100,000 hectares of new farmland under cultivation in every state of the federation and create millions of direct and indirect job opportunities.

“Extensive public works and road construction programme focusing on both major and rural roads and using locally available materials like limestone, cement and granite.

“Mass housing programme to deliver up to 300,000 homes annually, engaging young professionals and artisans who form themselves into small and medium scale businesses within the construction industry, using indigenous labour and materials.

“Installation of solar home system, targeting five million households, serving about 25 million individual Nigerians who are currently not connected to the national grid.

“The provision of ample support for the informal sector through low-interest loans and by easing procedures for registration, licensing, obtaining permits, etc.”

It was additionally assembled that the advisory group suggested that Ministers be answerable for execution of plans arranged in their individual Ministries.

On his own part, President Buhari lauded the board of trustees for finishing their task in great time. He included that more endeavors would be outfitted towards improving life for residents.

He said;
“This has been a trying time for those in the informal sector, which constitutes a large part of our economy, important family celebrations were held without the presence of loved ones, schools are closed and parents have had to resort to homeschooling in addition to juggling other responsibilities.

“Despite all these, Nigerians have done their best and persevered. I must salute Nigerians for their resilience in adapting to the realities of the COVID-19 effect while also recognising the superhuman effort of our frontline health workers.”

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