Un­em­ploy­ment a time bomb - PENGASSAN

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

The Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has de­scribed the un­em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion in Nigeria as a time bomb that can ex­plode any mo­ment, call­ing on the federal govern­ment to be prac­ti­cal in its quest for job cre­ation.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the Na­tional Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of PENGASSAN, Com­rade Seyi Gambo, the only way to win some of the war against crime in the coun­try is through tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment chal­lenges.

He said, “A look at the huge num­ber of ap­pli­cants at some re­cruit­ment ex­er­cises car­ried out re­cently, es­pe­cially the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice re­cruit­ment and the Delta State Civil Ser­vice re­cruit­ment, is an in­di­ca­tion that govern­ment at all lev­els need to be prag­matic about job cre­ation in the coun­try.

“This is not a mat­ter of sta­tis­tics and fig­ures alone. All the fig­ures be­ing bran­dished by the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Co­or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealla, where she claimed in­creased job cre­ation by the federal govern­ment and re­duc­tion in un­em­ploy­ment did not re­flect the true re­al­ity on ground.

“The high num­ber of ap­pli­cants in the failed NIS re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise and other in­stances that may not be known show the re­al­ity of the kind of prob­lem the Nige­rian na­tion has. Un­less the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment is re­solved, var­i­ous crises, such as in­sur­gency, kid­nap­ping, rit­ual killing, armed strug­gles and other crimes will not stop.”

Com­rade Gambo called on the govern­ment to take prag­matic steps in fix­ing the na­tion’s in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties, es­pe­cially power, as a gen­uine step to­wards job cre­ation and em­ploy­ment sus­tain­abil­ity in the coun­try, not­ing that wors­en­ing power sit­u­a­tion in Nigeria also com­pounds the prob­lems of the self em­ployed.

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