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Unemployment: Statistics Prove NITDA DG Right on Looming Danger

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Pantami is feeling concerned with the level of unemployment in Nigeria and statistics prove him right.

Unemployment rate in Nigeria, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) increased to 18.80 percent in the third quarter of 2017 from 16.20 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

NBS disclosed that Nigeria’s labour population increased from 83.9 million in the second quarter to 85.1 million in the third quarter of 2017, a difference of 1.2million in additional workforce.

However, while welcoming a delegation from Jigawa State, led by its Deputy Governor, Mr. Ibrahim Hassan Hadeija a working visit to the Agency’s headquarters, Abuja, Dr. Pantami expressed worry with the increase in unemployment.

The delegation from Jigawa was at NITDA, seeking collaboration in areas of IT infrastructural development and capacity building with emphasis on women.

Dr Pantami while making his remarks restated the Agency’s commitment to collaborations in order to foster the growth of ICT in Nigeria.

He said, “with the high rate of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria, we are living on a time bomb, there is the need for leaders to think out of the box to create entrepreneurial opportunities for the youths”.

The DG further stated that Government alone cannot be employer of labour, there is need to create the enabling environment for entrepreneurship to thrive.