Chairman of US-based Stercoll Energy Services Limited and aspirant for Abia gubernatorial elections in 2015, Engineer Emeka Kalu, has once again said that at least 6 million Nigerian graduates can easily be absorbed in employment as part of the APC administration’s plans to create jobs by reviving ailing companies across the country.
Kalu, who spoke with our correspondent over the phone in his New Year message to Nigerians also asked citizens to express support for the government’s strategies which he said would eventually drive the economy out of recession and get it running.
The engineer and businessman stated that the federal government cannot just fold its hands on the plight of the youths, as it had promised to provide jobs by reviving the various companies that had died as a result of neglect by past administrations.
“My message to Nigerians is simple - support your president, support his government. The government may be slow but it took so many years for us to fall this deep into the pit.
“I remember the plans to revive ailing companies scattered across the country. Go to Sapele, there are several timber companies, go to Benin, Asaba, Ibadan, Abeokuta and so on and you have the textile industries, the rubber industries, the cocoa farms and processing companies. We have the groundnut, wheat, yam, tomatoes, and so many other processing industries in the north.
“What about the dead palm oil companies, the palm wine breweries, the kaikai processing companies that never saw the light of day in the South East and South south?
“Do you know how many limestone and iron ore mines are scattered across the country, waiting to give us needed cement and rods for building houses?
“For a start, about 6 million jobs will be created with the revival of these companies. We need to be a little more patient. They say patience is a virtue, and I agree.
“You won’t have to go to Lagos or Abuja to look for a job anymore. The company administrators will even be begging youths to work, because they will begin to chose.”
On how the government will be able to finance the payment of salaries, Kalu said the simple thing to do was that each company will be self-sustaining, provide the needs of the millions in the country and have enough products for export.
According to him, “Nigeria is a potential first world economy, the President knows that and is patiently working his way in making this manifest. My dear country men and women please support the president as good things come to those who wait.”