Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

NBS unemployment data ‘fake’, we’ve created 100,000 jobs: Rivers State

*I may not be exact, but I do know that since we came on board, we have created not less than 100, 000 jobs, says Governor Nyesom Wike

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Rivers State Government of Nigeria has faulted the unemployment rate the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has issued on Rivers State.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who disputed the unemployment figure on the state during an interview on Channels TV, monitored in Lagos Friday, September 25, 2020, claimed that “it is fake; it is political.”

The governor insisted that “I don’t believe in them. I don’t believe in their statistics.”

It is recalled that the NBS in August, had released the country’s unemployment data for the second quarter of 2020.

The agency put unemployment rate in his state at 43.7 percent, the third highest in the country.

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Although Wike admitted that there is a high-level of unemployment in Nigeria, he yet contended that his government had created a lot of jobs, explaining that they might not be in the formal sector.

He said: “If you have a lot of construction jobs going on, for example, does that not create employment?”

“Does employment mean you must work in government? Is that what employment means?

” What counts as employment is that you have something doing. That is key. That is employment.

“There is no employment that is forever. Even you as a Civil servant, it is not forever.

“You have a time you must leave. Employment does not mean it is something you must do forever.”

Wike stressed that “in Rivers State today, nobody can tell me that we have not tried in terms of employment; to reduce the level of unemployment.”

On his claim, he said: “By the jobs we have created. You are in Government House now.

“As you go to the back, you see over 250 people working.

“That is just one area. And that job has been on for one year. That is not job? It does not give them money to feed? That is one area.

“As you go to Forces Avenue, you see over 100 people working, that is not employment?

“As you go to Garrison where there is the fly over, you see over 300 people working.”

According to the governor, “NBS should come to the state and see for themselves and see what we are doing to create jobs.

“Not just sitting in their offices. They never deployed anybody to come here.”

He, however, said that his government had been able to create over 100,000 jobs since inception in 2015.

“I may not be exact but I do know that since we came on board, we have created not less than 100, 000 jobs.”

“If you go to our Statistics department, you will find out that these things are there.”

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