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Lagos APC Lauds State Economic Empowerment Programme

August 22, 2014



ALL Progressives Congress APC) has lauded Lagos State Government on the successful launching of its Economic Empowerment Programme for the unemployed. The Lagos State chapter of the party says that this programme adds to a rich list of the laudable and effective programmes which the government uses to deal with the great challenges of hosting the largest concentration of Nigeria's educated and uneducated youths in the face of the aggravating problem of poverty in the country.

In a statement, the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC said that by this welfarist attention to the plight of the unemployed and the disempowered, the government and the party are demonstrating a readiness to deal with the "problems of poverty being exacerbated by the anti-people's policy of the PDP Federal Government." It said the Lagos State government would not shirk in its commitment to reduce the negative scourge

It added: "We are glad that the Lagos State government has flagged off this epic programme that targets at the downtrodden and unemployed Nigerians who continue to get disempowered and poor by the deliberate policies of the PDP Federal Government. We are aware that the World Bank ranks Nigeria as the country with the third largest population of poor people and have indeed projected that by 2015, Nigeria will become the country with the largest number of poor people in the world. We see this as a dreaded scenario and we are happy that the APC government is responsive to the plight of Nigerians who are increasingly targeted by the mass pauperization policies the PDP has made the cornerstone of its governance for nearly 16 years.

"As Lagos hosts the majority of Nigerian unemployed youths, we have no doubt that this programme will go a long way in reducing the scourge of poverty in Nigeria. We note that Lagos State government runs highly effective youth skill acquisition centres in various parts of the country, where thousands of Nigerian youths, irrespective of tribe, religion and tongue, have received free and qualitative training on vital skills that have made them very productive and meaningfully engaged in the economy of the state. We note that the state runs a plethora of youth empowerment programmes that target Nigerian youths of every tribe for empowerment and that the present programme promises the most far-reaching and extensive to take more Nigerian youths off from the encircling unemployment bracket.

"We urge Lagosians, and of course, the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that troop to Lagos each day in search of succour, to access the scheme through the various centres advertised in all the 57 local councils in Lagos. We restate the commitment of the APC government in Lagos to deal with every problem confronting Lagosians as we urge all Lagosians to continue supporting the APC for more solid fruits of democracy."


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Source: AllAfrica


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