The federal government says it will expand the N-Power programme from the present 500,000 beneficiaries to one million.
President Muhammadu Buhari said this in a message to commemorate the 2021 Workers’ Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2021 Workers’ Day theme
is ”COVID-19, Social and Economic Crises: Challenges for Decent Work,
Social Protection and Peoples Welfare”.
Mr Buhari said that the
expansion of the N-Power programme would ensure job creation and poverty
alleviation through programmes 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 also 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).
Rapid Response Register (RRR) for urban Poor, which now has 4.8 million
households (20 million persons) which also include urban poor/working
”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.
have the Artisan Support Fund, Payroll Support Fund for small scale
businesses, Business Formalisation aimed 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, “he said.
He, however, added
that the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for young entrepreneurs
had N75 billion for three years, all aimed at support for the labour
He also noted that in securing decent jobs, the government was inadvertently promoting social protection and people’s welfare.
”We also know that social protection gives you peace of mind and hope for a better future.
also ensures access to health care and income security for all and
provides for you and your family when sick, unemployed, injured,
pregnant or too old to work,” he said.
He noted that a happy
workforce could be created by employers incorporating the decent work
agenda in job creation and retention in their workplace guiding
”As we all know, decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives.
involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair
income, security in the workplace and social protection for families,
better prospects for personal development and social integration.
also ensures freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and
participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of
opportunity and treatment for all women and men,” he said.
He noted that decent jobs in our workplaces in a nutshell, therefore, reflect all the goodness in labour administration.
Buhari, therefore, said fair labour practices must be the norm in the world of work.
the theme for the May Day celebration is relevant and also reflects
practical and contemporary issues of our society and not just in Nigeria
but globally,” he said.