Aremu blames high unemployment on crisis of governance
General Secretary, National Union of Garment and Textile Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade Issa Aremu, has attributed the high level of unemployment in the country to the crisis of governance under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
According to the labour leader, the latest figure by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which says 7.53 million out of Nigeria’s labour force of 85.08 million are unemployed, only confirms the crisis.
Aremu, a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a statement, yesterday, was worried that the few employed among the youths are in subsistence farming and the informal sector.
“There is an urgent need for a bipartisan employment drive in the country. Sustainable jobs can only come from industry and massive public infrastructural development such as railways, roads construction, reinvention of public schools and hospitals.
“Mass unemployment means value-subtraction for Nigeria, at a time when there is much work to be done and the nation is begging for growth and development. All the issues in unemployment crisis are governance issues, which task the responsibilities and sensitivities of the federal and state governments,” he said.
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