Buhari’s aide Femi Adesina talks tough, says it’s not government’s duty to create jobs

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The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has stated that it is not the government’s responsibility to create jobs for its citizens.

The president’s aide said this while appearing on Arise News Television programme ‘The Morning Show’ on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Adesina who spoke on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last eight years noted that all that the government does is create an enabling environment for creating jobs while the private sector creates jobs.

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Reacting to the question he was asked about President Buhari’s promise to create 3 million jobs annually when his administration assumed office in 2015, Adesina said, “Did you say 3 million was the promise? I wouldn’t say he put a figure.

“What I recall was that President Buhari gave the per cent 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.”

“Regard as it may, it is the job and the 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 would come from the private sector. As long as you have an enabling environment, it is the private sector that will create the jobs.”

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He finally reiterated that Buhari has achieved in all sectors, including oil and gas, infrastructure, legislative matters, and security.

Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige has revealed that he earns N942,000 after taxation as a minister in Nigeria.

The minister disclosed this mid-calls for a need to increase the current N30,000 national minimum wage.

He disclosed this while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, May 1.

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Going further, he disclosed that ministers don’t have allowances except duty allowance when they have to travel for work.
He said:

“My salary is N942,000 a month. My salary with my PA — gross total after tax — my feeding, my transport, the transport of one PA, the salary of my gardener, my cook, they are all consolidated. After heavy taxation, they pay me N942,000.

“Every minister you see, that is what it is; special advisers earn around that amount too. The allowances are not anything, we don’t have any allowances except if you travel. You can get duty tour allowance like every other public officer,” Ngige said.

He added that the travel allowance the ministers receive was recently reviewed alongside that of permanent secretaries among others.

“It was reviewed to N100,000 for a minister, and I think ministers of states, N75,000; permanent secretaries, N70,000, and down the line. Level one, everybody else’s own was reviewed, not only our own.”

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