Federal Government under president Muhammad Buhari has expressed serious concerns over the rising unemployment rate in the country, saying that over 15 million Nigerians are looking for white collar jobs.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who expressed this concern in an interview with some journalists in Enugu on Monday, said government was worried by the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.
“Unemployment is growing into a very vicious disease condition that has given rise to a lot of anti-social behaviour. 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.
“Same goes for banditry in the North West. Same goes for kidnapping all over the country — North West, North East, North Central, South East, South South and South West.
“Avengers the destruction of pipelines, OPC, all these are symptoms of very serious underlying disease condition called unemployment,” the minister said.
“We were lucky President Muhammadu Buhari came in. If not, we would have all dispersed into neighbouring countries.We would have had social unrest that would be internecine and by now, we would not have solved it.“So, we are on with our thinking caps,” the minister said.
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