Unemployment Statistics: PDP Calls APC An Automated Lying Machine

Unemployment Statistics: PDP Calls APC An Automated Lying Machine

David Ugbabe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, affirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had flopped by trivialising and politicising the frightening unemployment level under its watch and should be ready to face the consequences.

The PDP further described the opposing party as an "Automated lying machine" for attempting to distort and muffle facts on unemployment, which are already in the public domain.

A statement signed by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that the opposing party has never been interested in the welfare of Nigerians.

“It is shameful that in its attempt to deny that the number of unemployment persons and job losses across the formal and informal sectors had surged under its administration, the APC forgot that the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, had earlier disclosed that unemployment rate was at a frightening 23.1 per cent while raising alarm that the rate will hit a devastating 33.5 per cent in the new year, 2020," he said.

The spokesman recalled that the minister, Ngige, while declaring open a two-day workshop on high unemployment rate earlier in the year, described the situation as scary. He had further asserted that apart from the swelling unemployment rate, underemployment had also surged to 16.6 per cent.

"The APC also chose not to remember that the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, in an earlier report, stated that 16 million Nigerians (which has now risen to 18 million) were unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million, reportedly refused to work in 2016 for various reasons not unrelated to frustration in the polity under the APC administration," he stated.

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