Dr. Chris Ngige
Dr. Chris Ngige

Over 15M Nigerians Are Searching For Jobs - FG Confesses

Austin Papi

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the rise of unemployment in the country.

Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, in an interview with journalists in Enugu on Monday, affirmed that over 15 million Nigerians are currently looking for white collar jobs.

"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.

"The symptoms are there. Boko Haram is a symptom of unemployment in Nigeria. IPOB is a symptom of unemployment and desperation and people getting frustrated," Ngige said.

The Presidency had earlier promised that they would be creating 1 million jobs for Nigerians by 2020. It remains to be seen the difference 1 million jobs would make to the astronomical 15 million jobless Nigerians.

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