With the loud voices of political critics that President Muhammadu Buhari was not doing enough in improving the viability and growth of the nation’s economy that will hitherto, reduce the spate of unemployment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has said that the increase in Youths unemployment was pinged on the country’s economic recession experienced years back.
He said that the increase was not caused by the government, saying that although the N-power programme has recorded some success, the Federal Government is yet to achieve its target of reducing unemployment in Nigeria.
His words, “So, we have used this (N-power scheme) and drastically reduced youth unemployment but we have not gotten to our target because most African government, Nigeria inclusive, we have some bad effects of the recession that started since 2008.
“That recession may have cleared *sic* in Europe and other climes, but in Africa, the effect of the recession still abound.
“Nigeria is a country that is dependent on oil revenue. It is of late that the government of Muhammadu Buhari started a diversification programme by which we now have other things to export,”.