The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said it is not the responsibility of government to create jobs for its citizens.
He said this Tuesday morning on Arise News Television programme, ‘The Morning Show’, while speaking on the achievements of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), rregime in the last eight years.
Adesina noted that all that government does is to create an enabling environment for job creation while the private sector creates jobs.
Responding to the question on what happened to Buhari’s promise to create three million jobs annually in 2015, Adesina said, “Did you say three million was the promise? I wouldn’t say he put a figure. What I recall was that President Buhari gave the percentage of joblessness in the country. I wouldn’t recall that he gave a specific figure for the number of jobs we are creating. For all you know, that may have come from anywhere.
“Be that as it may, it is the job and duty of the government to create an enabling environment for jobs in the country. It is not the government itself that creates jobs. All it does is to create an enabling environment.
“Most of the jobs you need in a country will come from the private sector. As long as you have an enabling environment, it is the private sector that will create the jobs.”
He, however, noted that Buhari had achieved a lot in all sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure, legislative matters, and security.