The Minister of State for Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said that development and survivalof all ethnic nationalities are of paramount importance to the Federal Government.
Speaking when he received the Emete Urhobo, the women wing of Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), led by its President, Onajite Efedede, on a courtesy visit to him, he enjoined all ethnic nationalities to support the government at the centre and not play ethnic politics.
He assured the ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region that the Federal Government had a lot of programmes lined up for the region, especially in the area of job creation and skill acquisition, and enjoined the people to align themselves to the government at the centre.
Keyamo added that the Federal Government would revive moribund Skills Acquisition centres, as well as build new ones in the days ahead to create employment for the people in the region.
Pledging government’s support to the group, Keyamo disclosed President Buhari’s interest in women empowerment, and his directives that women be adequately empowered.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the group, Onajite Efedede, sought Federal Government’s intervention in the plight of women and the girl-child in the Urhobo nationality, through job creation and provision of skill acquisition
She congratulated the Minister of State for Labour and Employment on his appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, noting that he had made the Urhobo nationality proud.
According to Efedede, the Emete Urhobo, the female wing of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), was created to be a voice for the rural women, orphans and the less privileged of Urhobo descent.