President Buhari's Promise to Create 500,000 Teaching Jobs in 2016 is an Overstatement..... See Why.

President Buhari presenting 2016 budget at NASS

In an attempt to handle the unimaginable lack of teachers in Nigeria’s public schools, the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has made another outrageous, overstating and ‘unrealistic’ promise to Nigerians that his administration in 2016 will employ not fewer than 500,000 teachers even when it is clear that about 2,000 Federal University workers have received their sack letters which will take effect from January 1, 2016.

As one of the ‘change’ packages of the current administration, President Muhammadu Buhari while presenting the 2016 budget to the joint section of the National Assembly said;

 “We also will partner with State and Local Governments to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders. These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby, enhancing the provision of basic education especially in our rural areas,”

President Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians and members of the National Assembly that if the 2016 budget is passed, it will go a long way in reviving the economy of Nigeria, create more jobs for our unemployed youths and also bring about an inclusive growth.

He said: “We aim to ensure macroeconomic stability by achieving a real GDP growth rate of 4.37% and managing inflation. To achieve this, we will ensure the aligning of fiscal, monetary, trade and industrial policies.

“As we focus on inclusive growth, we are conscious of the current rate of unemployment and underemployment. This is a challenge we are determined to meet; and this budget is the platform for putting more Nigerians to work.

“I can assure you that this administration will have a job creation focus in every aspect of the execution of this budget. Nigeria’s job creation drive will be private sector led. We will encourage this by a reduction in tax rates for smaller businesses as well as subsidized funding for priority sectors such as agriculture and solid minerals.”

However good the opinion and plans of the Nigeria President is for Nigerians in 2016 and beyond, is it not an overstatement to say that Nigeria will employ five hundred thousand (500,000) teachers in one year?

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Is it with this epileptic economy of Nigeria that the Federal Government will use to furnish all requirements necessary in retaining and maintaining those 500,000 teachers to be employed? Or are they planning also to take away free education?

It is crystal clear that the State Government across the country will never buy this idea when they are already thinking ways to downsize.

You can recall that the Governors under the umbrella of Nigeria Governor’s Forum had disclosed in their meeting that they cannot afford to pay the minimum wage of N18,000 , which is an equivalent of $67.92 at N265/dollar.

If that be the case, it means the minimum wage must be reduced if more teaching jobs of that magnitude will be created otherwise; Nigerians are in for another FAT LIES.

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