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ABUJA Declare State Of Emergency On Unemployment, Reps Tell FG


House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government to imme­diately declare a state of emer­gency on unemployment.

This is as the House also re­solved to take steps in amending the Immigration Act to provide stiffer punishment for violations of immigration laws with the view of protecting the Nigerian worker.

These resolutions by the House followed a motion enti­tled “call for a state of emergen­cy and legislative intervention in the unemployment crisis in Ni­geria” sponsored by the House leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and 78 others.

Gbajabiamila who noted that the unemployment crisis in Ni­geria has reached an alarming rate and is of serious concern added that various reports has put the percentage of the unem­ployed in Nigeria at 24 per cent.

“Various reports and the glar­ing evidence of joblessness in all states of the federation indicate that there has been no time in the history of the country that unem­ployment has been as serious as it is at the moment.

“The desire of the govern­ment, and indeed all Nigerians to tackle the problems of cor­ruption, insecurity, poverty and crime, which breed unemploy­ment or result from it as there is an inextricable nexus between unemployment, corruption, crime, poverty and insecurity, “he said.


– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

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