- NBS has accused the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment of lying
- The bureau was reacting to a statement made by Chris Ngige on the statistics of unemployment in Nigeria
- In turn, Ngige was also reacting to NBS claim that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless
In what will surprise many Nigerians, the ministry of Labour and Employment under the leadership of Chris Ngige has been blasted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The NBS took to social media platform Twitter on Friday, April 30, to drag Ngige who faulted the bureau's stastitics on employment in Nigeria.
The minister had recently claimed that the modalities NBS employs in arriving at its data does not conform with global standard.
“There has been a little confusion there as to the accuracy of data generated by the NBS. So, we want to align everything tomorrow. The World Bank says the NBS methodology doesn’t conform with the global standard, especially the ILO (International Labour Organisation) format of arriving at such Employment Index.”
In its reaction, NBS wote on Twitter:
“The World Bank has denied making any such statement and rather together with the economic advisory committee affirmed its confidence, commendation, support and close working relationship with NBS. The World Bank can be contacted if in doubt.”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have reacted to the latest development with many siding with the NBS.
@Elukayode in his reaction on Twitter wrote:
@NGRPresident, please don't fiddle with data integrity @nigerianstat in the name of politics... These would cause a long term problem that you won't be able to resolve even when you're gone... Data gathering matrix must be standard and empirical for research purposes. Thank you.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, March 28, said about 30 million Nigerians were unemployed before President Muhammadu Buhari took over office.
The presidential spokesman made the disclosure in reaction to comments made by former vice president Atiku Abubakar that Nigerians need to help the president
Adesina while defending President Buhari explained that the recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics that 23.2 million Nigerians are unemployed was not new.