George Akume
George Akume

Nigeria’s federal government through the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and lnter-Governmental Affairs on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to organise a Partnership Economy Summit aimed at diversifying the economy, promote rural growth as well as generate jobs for the youth.

Senator George Akume, Minister of Interior who disclosed this while in Abuja said the summit, slated to hold between September 14 and 15, was being organised to build a Post-COVID-19 economy that is capable of addressing various issues affecting the country.

The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ambassador Anthonia Ekpa, said the summit would help generate four million jobs for youths and women across the country.

“As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on the world economy, including Nigeria, which has worsened the already precarious un-employment situation,” he said.

“It is therefore in recognition of this position and the ministry’s mandate to coordinate multi-agency and inter-ministry functions as designated by Mr President as well as actively collaborate with the private sector to create employment for a large number of Nigerian youths that the up-coming Partnership Economy Summit is being planned.

“It is pertinent to state that the primary purpose of the summit is to diversify the economy, promote rural growth as well as generate sustainable jobs for youths.”

He added that it sought not only to eradicate extreme poverty but also to integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development, economic, social as well as environmental