….Summons Labour Minister
ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate on Tuesday asked on the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency on unemployment in the country to address the increase in employment across the country properly.This is just as the Upper Chamber summoned the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, to shed light on what government is doing to address unemployment.
The Federal lawmakers agreed to organise a one-day retreat to deliberate on the state of unemployment in the country, its causes and effects.
Senate decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Duro Faseyi who expressed concern over what he described as “scandalous and incredible level of unemployment” as revealed by 13.3 per cent double digit released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
He described the development as the worst unemployment situation the country had ever faced.
He said it was alarming that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from 24.4 million in the first quarter of 2016 to 26.06 million in the second quarter.
Faseyi also said the trend had created social tension and crisis of monumental proportion as young graduates now engage in crimes such as kidnapping, abduction, armed robbery, insurgency and other criminal acts for survival.
He pointed out that the existence of 370,000 policemen to 170 million Nigerians and nine military personnel to 10,000 citizens provides the federal government with the window of opportunities to enlist young graduates into the nation’s security outfits and consequently reduce unemployment.