- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to Nigeria's unemployment rate released by NBS
- Governor Wike described the report NBS released in August as fake and political
- Recall that NBS in its unemployment data put the unemployment rate in Rivers state at 43.7%
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Governor Nyesom Wike has faulted Nigeria's unemployment rate released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), putting the unemployment rate in Rivers state at 43.7%.
Wike who made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, September 25, described the report as fake and political.
The governor speaking during the interview insisted that he does not believe in the agency and its statistics.
Though he admitted that the unemployment rate in Nigeria is high, Wike claimed that his administration has created a lot of jobs, adding that they might not be in the formal sector.
“Does employment mean you must work in government? Is that what employment means? What counts as employment is that you have something doing. That is key. That is employment.
“In Rivers State today, nobody can tell me that we have not tried in terms of employment; to reduce the level of unemployment.”
Wike while revealing that his government created over 100,000 jobs since 2015, called on the NBS to visit Rivers state and get facts about employment.
The Rivers state governor went on to note that he got his statistics from the jobs Rivers state government created.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a document uploaded by NBS on its Twitter page on Friday, August 14, indicated that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 27.1% in the second quarter of 2020 from the 23.1% recorded in Q3 2018.
NBS, in its ‘Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report’ said underemployment rate increased from 20.1% in Q3 2018 to 28.6% in Q2 2020.
The NBS said the number of persons in the economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) increased to 116,871,186 from 115,492,969 in Q3 2018.
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