The Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to use the N-Power programme to empower members of the Newspaper Vendors Association of Nigeria in order to support their growth through skill acquisition.
This pledge was made by Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister for Labour and Employment, during a courtesy visit made by members of the Federal Secretariat branch of the association, which was led by the association’s FCT chairman, Desmond Obiagwu.
The minister applauded the patriotic choice made by the vendors to make a legitimate living through newspaper retailing rather than involving in criminality.
Ngige then mentioned that the government wished to raise the spirits of the merchants by giving them a platform to enrich themselves with more skill and knowledge which would be acquired while being enlisted in the N-Power programme.
He further commented that the newspaper merchants were highly instrumental to the exertion of the government policies, as they eased the circulation of information within the nation through newspaper sales.
The Labour and Employment Minister also mentioned that the vendors helped reveal the loopholes in the nation’s labour sector.
Desmond Obiagwu had preceded the visit with accolades and congratulatory speeches towards Dr. Chris Ngige, who had just been reappointed as minister into President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
In his speech, Obiagwu highlighted the several accomplishments made by the minister in the previous tenure and further wished him well as he journeys through the next years in office.