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Aremu blames high unemployment on crisis of governance


Issa Aremu

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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