Chris Ngige, who is the current Minister of Labour and Employment, has decried the rate of underemployment and unemployment among able youths in the country who are will to work.
Ngige disclosed this during a Job Fair in Abuja, he said, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was working towards reducing the unemployment rate in the country.
The Minister, also disclosed that the Buhari-led administration had established several job creation program with the aim of reducing the alarming unemployment rate in the country.
According to Ngige, “This event is as a result of the cordial and fruitful working relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Germany. I am also happy that this event aligns with the cardinal aspirations of this administration of Muhammadu Buhari. The aspiration aims at decreasing youths unemployment creating decent job opportunities for our teeming youths.
“Let me look at the statistics, the statistics, which are not very pleasant, Nigeria has a population of by projection, 200 million persons, out of this 200 million persons, above 20 percent are unemployed, if you increase it, you can get up 25 to 30 percent.
“These statistics are very worrisome, and the government today wants to place emphasis on job creation.
“The issue of youth unemployment is still a persisting scourge, which I believe all of us need to put our hands together and know what we can do. We thank the German government for their cooperation in this respect.” he also noted.