Civil society laments unemployment in Rivers
Civil Society Coalition on Economic Growth and Employment has expressed concern over alleged high rate of unemployment recorded in Rivers State by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Labour Force Statistics on Unemployment and Underemployment Report of the second quarter of 2020.
The coalition, with members drawn from the academia, youth groups, women rights organisations and community groups, met at a programme in Port Harcourt, with the theme, ‘Hope, Action, and Progress for Women and Youths in Politics (weYOUPro), facilitated by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), with the sole purpose of addressing issues of economic growth and employment in the state.
The group, in a statement, yesterday, signed by Deborah Effiong; Inyingi Irimagha; Akeodi Allswell Ali; Raisa Senibo and Vincent Gbosi, stated that the NBS 2020 report revealed that Rivers State has a labour force of 3,921,860 and a total number of unemployed at 1,714, 189, ranking second behind Lagos in the second quarter of 2020.
They urged the state governor, Nyesom Wike, to address the unemployment and seize the opportunity of his few days in office to identify the key sectors that can absorb a high number of the readily available labour force.