House of Representatives has called on the federal government to immediately declare state of emergency on unemployment in the country.
The move by the lower chamber was sequel to a motion titled: ‘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 other lawmakers.
In his submission, Hon. Gbajabiamila lamented that the unemployment crisis in the country had reached such an alarming rate as to be of serious concern to all as various reports had put the percentage of the unemployed in the country at 24 percent.
The lawmaker expressed worry that if unemployment was not stemmed, it would surely constitute danger to the welfare of Nigerians.
In his contribution, the House Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor and other PDP members were in support of creating more jobs.
Ogor pointed that there was no need to declare state of emergency in the unemployment crisis, but called on the President to fulfil his promises to the jobless Nigerian people in that respect.
“In as much as I am in support of job creation, there should be no state of emergency on unemployment. The present government should carry out its promises it made during the presidential campaign as regards employment,” Ogor asserted.
After thorough debate, the motion was referred to the House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity to hold a public hearing for stakeholders to make further inputs.
The House also mandated its Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Federal Character and Poverty Alleviation to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to conduct comprehensive audit of staff of all government bodies and organisations with a view of eliminating ghost workers, if any.