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Chris Ngige : Over 15m Nigerians Are Jobless

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The minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has put Nigeria’s unemployment figures at about 15 million.

Ngige made this known while addressing journalists in Enugu state on Monday.

He also said although the federal government has introduced various measures to tackle unemployment.

He said measures like the N-Power scheme for university graduates are ad hoc procedures towards tackling unemployment but regretted that “it is like a drop of water in the ocean.”

“Unemployment is growing into a very vicious disease condition that has given rise to a lot of anti-social behaviour,” he was quoted as saying.

“And government is seriously worried because if we don’t confront unemployment head on with many measures which we are fashioning now, then the whole country will be consumed with social unrest.

“We are doing something, but I think what we are doing is not enough. Government has used diversification into agriculture to fight unemployment. Yes, it was successful where people agreed to turn themselves into farmers.

“We have employed through that process 500,000 people, about half a million. But we have those searching for white collar jobs in the neighbourhood of about 15 million.”

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