President Buhari Speaks About Job Losses In Nigeria
Buhari receives Leadership of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) in State House on 17th July 2019 (image courtesy State House)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that his administration was working towards creating more jobs for Nigerians, Concise News reports.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had in December 2018 released a report showing a rise in Nigeria’s unemployment rate.

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The report, posted on the website of the NBS, stated that the number of persons in the labour force increased from 85.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 to 90.5 million in the third quarter of 2018.

But speaking with the leadership of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) at the State House in Abuja, Buhari said: “Our history of unnecessary importation of the most basic items meant we were exporting jobs to other countries at the expense of our own citizens. This administration is determined and taking steps to bring these jobs back to Nigeria.”

Quoted in a press release by his media aide Femi Adesina, the Nigerian leader insisted that his administration was focused on creating an enabling environment for Nigerian businesses to flourish by implementing various policies and programmes to support job creation.

“This journey is a long one that requires patience, understanding and perseverance. I would, therefore, encourage you to continue to engage government by providing honest and constructive feedback. Together, we can build a Nigeria that we will all be proud of,” he said.

“On our part as an administration, I assure you that we will continue to do our best to support you in your efforts as Employers of labour and vital institutions in our country.”