Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on December 17, 2017
Growth and Employment in States , a DFID funded market development project in Nigeria wound down recently at a ceremony to reflect on its achievements.
The programme was initiated to facilitate market system changes to address identified constraints, in order to encourage economic growth; resulting in the creation of ten thousand new jobs and increased incomes for five hundred thousand Nigerians.
At the event in Abuja, DFID Private Sector Development Advisor, Mr. Andy Gartside said the project was inspired by the need to help raise the incomes of the poor and to raise the incomes of two million people, including One million seven hundred women.
Speaking on the efficacy of the GEMS programme in Nigeria, the Special Assistant to Kaduna State Governor on Job Creation and Investor Relations, Hafiz Bayero, lauded GEMS for the impact its interventions have had on the northern state, notably in the areas of yield increase and attraction of investors in the agricultural sector.
The forum which brought together top players in the private sector and government organisations had in attendance the Director General of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru as guest.