Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has said that it is time for Nigerians to assist President Muhammadu Buhari as his government needs help.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 presidential candidate stated this in reaction to a report by Bloomberg that Nigeria, home to the world’s largest number of extremely poor people, looks set to break another record: the highest jobless rate.
Abubakar in a piece on Sunday, March 28, that was shared on his social media platforms and sighted by Legit.ng said helping the current administration amounts to Nigerians saving themselves.
The former vice-president who linked the high crime rate to the unprecedented level of unemployment said that the Buhari-led government reads wrong meanings to ideas and suggestions offered by critics rather than listen to advice.
He recommended the following to immediately and drastically bring down youth unemployment:
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1. Every family in Nigeria with at least one school-age child, and earning less than $800 per annum should receive a monthly stipend of N5,000 from the government via BVN and NIN.
2. Get the 13.5 million out of school Nigerian children into school.
3. Incorporate youth who are above school age into a massive public works programme.
Uche, @UcheElias1 said:
"They are the same, yes, but have come to think that he might be speaking from the position of a concerned citizen?"
moh'd Bashir lawal, @bashor1010 said:
"Sir, To be honest all of you past and present leaders of this country have contributed greatly to this problems we are in. please stop playing politics with the situation, just profer solutions to the problems, simple!"
Satu Jatau Jewon, @JatauSatu said:
"No country will ever meet its employment target if it is not driven by secondary level of production. Nigeria has been in the primary level since the sixties and has gone worse. Again a system ladened with corruption of the magnitude we see in Nigeria can never progress."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday, March 15, released the Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The report indicates that Nigeria's unemployment rate jumped to 33.3% in the period under review. This implies that 23 million people are now actively jobless in Nigeria.
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Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a Legit.ng journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.