The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said that the Federal Government placed an embargo on employment into Federal Civil Service because the economy is not in good shape.
Ngige said this while speaking at his Abuja residence at the weekend as he receives the traditional ruler of Nnewi town, Igwe Kenneth Orizu (III), who paid him a courtesy visit with a delegation, comprising of members of the royal family and leaders from the town.
The delegation had earlier pleaded with Ngige to help secure jobs for young graduates from the town.
He said that government have support programmes meant for the poor in the society like the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CCT is a programme initiated by the federal government to reduce poverty through payment of a monthly stipend of N5,000 to each registered vulnerable beneficiary.
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Ngige said: “The Federal Government placed embargo on employment because the economy is not in good shape. But, we have the Home Support Programmes like Conditional Cash Transfer and others. Such money is meant for the poor in the society.
“I have been making sure that Nnewi town gets its due through my foot soldiers in the community. Nothing is too small but I assure you that we will do more.”
Ngige did not say when the embargo will be lifted, although he pledged to ensure that all Nigerians, including Nnewi indigenes, were given jobs when the Federal Government lifts the embargo on employment.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.