Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced in the second week of October that his government would be providing jobs for 200,000 graduates by the end of the month.
Osinbajo told a small group of radio journalists and producers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja: “We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000,” in the administration’s N-Power jobs programme. Those jobs were meant “to keep these young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device, which will also help them to learn several skills that they can develop as time goes on.”
Well, time has gone on and it’s the first of November. No jobs, no announcement, no explanation for the delay. Since after the administration’s honeymoon period following their (s)election victory in May last year, Nigerians have resorted to referring to Osinbajo’s All Progressives Congress (APC) as “All Promises Cancelled”. It’s looking like the promise of jobs to 200,000 Nigerians is about to be kicked into the long grass along with dozens of other promises made during the (s)election campaign.