Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on media and publicity, says it government has no responsibility to create jobs for its citizens.
Mr Adesina said this on Tuesday morning on ‘The Morning Show’, an Arise News Television programme monitored by The Punch. While speaking on the eight years of achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in office.
He said the government’s main responsibility is to create an enabling environment for job creation while the private sector creates jobs.
Mr Adesina, responding to the question he was asked on President Buhari’s promise to create 3 million jobs annually in 2015, the presidential spokesman 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.”
He, however, noted that Buhari has achieved in all sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure, legislative matters, and security.