Federal Government says it will expand the N-Power programme from the present 500,000 beneficiaries to one million.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in a message to commemorate the 2021 Workers’ Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja.

Muhammadu Buhari said the expansion would ensure job creation and poverty alleviation through programme such as Safety Net Programmes to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

”We also have put in place some socio-economic policies, which include Conditional Cash Transfer for the vulnerable poor from 2.6 million households (13 million persons) to 7.6 million households (about 32 million persons).

”COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) for urban Poor, which now has 4.8 million households (20 million persons) which also include urban poor/working class.

”Also, through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, there is the Entrepreneur Support Programme and, this even includes the vulnerable workers amongst the urban poor.

”We have the Artisan Support Fund, Payroll Support Fund for small scale businesses, Business Formalisation aim at encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises by offering free registration for upcoming businesses by the Corporate Affairs Commission.

”There is also Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme for Small Medium Enterprises for producers of hygienic products and packaged food to encourage entrepreneurship and industries, “ President Buhari explained.

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He noted that in securing decent jobs, government was inadvertently promoting social protection and people’s welfare.

According to him, a happy workforce could be created by employers incorporating the decent work agenda in job creation and retention in their workplace guiding policies.

The president therefore, said fair labour practices must be the norm in the world of work.

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