House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government to unveil its blueprint for generating three million jobs annually, as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari during his campaigns.
Buhari had actually promised Nigerians that his administration would create six million jobs yearly.
But the Lower House yesterday charged the government to declare a state of emergency in the labour sector in order to generate jobs for Nigerians.
The lawmakers also expressed worry on the current high rate of graduate unemployment in the country and called on the federal government to urgently convoke a national summit on unemployment.
In the motion titled: “Urgent Need to Check High Rate of Unemployment in the Country”, sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), the lawmaker noted that the prevalent rate of unemployment in the country had become a problem that cuts across all age brackets, especially the youths.
He said that though the National Directorate of Employment, NDE was setup to tackle unemployment, the Directorate had been largely ineffective and unable to fulfil the core objective of its establishment.
Chinda added that if pragmatic steps were not taken to curb unemployment, the country would be at a high risk of unrest and vices which could lead to the breakdown of law and order.
Chinda further commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to provide at least three million jobs per annum, as well as the legislative agenda of the 8th House.
The lawmaker pointed out that they were committed to tackling the high unemployment rate of the country through legislative action.
According to him, “The National Bureau of Statistics had in 2011 estimated the number of unemployed persons in Nigeria to be around 24 per cent of the population, and the figure is likely to increase to around 70 per cent by the end of 2015.
“Given the large number of graduates that are turned out yearly from the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad, the unemployment rate in Nigeria is increasing very rapidly and could explode by year 2020 if pragmatic steps are not taken to check same.
“The prevailing unemployment situation in the country, if left unchecked, would clearly have adverse consequences in the society and would also lead to increase in crime and other anti-social behaviour”.
After thorough deliberation, the motion was referred to the Committee on Labour and Productivity (when constituted) to request for the review of the federal government’s blueprint on generation of three million jobs per annum.
The committee has four weeks to report back to the House.


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