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Unemployment: Labour tasks govt on industrialisation

Following the alarming rate of unemployment in the country, a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Issa Aremu, has reaffirmed the need for the government to create an atmosphere for massive industrialisation.
Aremu made this call in Lagos against the backdrop of unemployment report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showing that 7.53 million out of Nigeria’s labour force of 85.08 million were unemployed.
He said such a development was a threat to national development.
He pointed out that the report confirmed the crisis of governance and underdevelopment in Nigeria, stressing that the crisis of unemployment had assumed tragic proportions in forms of various mass crimes as restless youths swell the ranks of kidnappers and insurgent.
According to him, “all tiers of government must rise to promote development through re-Industrialisation, uninterrupted electricity supply and war against, which make the products of local industries uncompetitive. It is worrisome that the few employed are in subsistence farming and informal sector.
“There is an urgent need for a bipartisan employment drive in the country. Sustainable jobs can only come from industry and massive public infrastructural development such as railways, roads construction, reinvention of public schools and hospitals. Mass unemployment means value-subtraction for Nigeria at a time when there is much work to be done and the nation is begging for growth and development. All the issues in unemployment crisis are governance issues, which task the responsibilities and sensitivities of the federal as well as state government of the federation.”

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