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Nigeria’s rising unemployment, a time bomb – NLC



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By Favour Goodness

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba has described unemployment in the country as a time bomb, and that if not urgently addressed by the Federal Government, will be difficult for the nation to have peace.

Wabba, who spoke during the 40th-anniversary celebration of the Labour Writers Association of Nigeria, said, “There is no difference between unemployment and insecurity; it is a fact and has been established.

“Decent jobs are very important because without decent jobs there will be no security, no social progress for everybody. That is why the SDG 8.7 has been tied to having decent jobs.”

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According to him, what has happened today has shown that the organised labour needs more collaboration and sensitisation of every worker to be able to be on the same page and address some of the ills.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who also spoke during the event said the Buhari-led administration had maintained a calm industrial environment.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Media, Nwachukwu Obidiwe, Ngige said the current regime had in six years and five months been very effective in job creation despite the inherited socioeconomic downturn.

He explained that with Nigeria’s growing population, hundreds of thousands of youths graduate into the labour market every year.

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