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Akwa Ibom govt rejects NBS report on unemployment

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The Akwa Ibom State government on Saturday described as unacceptable the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report on unemployment rate in the state.

The bureau had said in its second-quarter report released on Friday that 21,764,617 Nigerians were unemployed.

It added that Imo State topped the list of states with the highest rate of unemployment with 48.7 percent, followed by Akwa Ibom and Rivers with 45.2 percent and 43.7 percent respectively.

However, in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, the state government said the NBS report called for serious scrutiny.

He said: “The attention of Akwa Ibom State government has been drawn to the ‘Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report’ by the National Bureau of Statistics, wherein it listed Akwa Ibom as the state with the second-highest unemployment rate in the country. This conclusion, which calls for serious scrutiny, is unbelievable.

“The reality on ground in our state is in contradistinction to the Bureau’s report.

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“A juxtaposition of the said report with the reality of the existence and operation of the numerous industries in our state, the recruitment into the civil and public service, Public-Private Partnership initiatives, the award of direct Labour contracts, our airline, and general aviation businesses, qualitative cash support and interest-free loans to entrepreneurs, financial and input support to farmers; the obvious conclusion will confirm that indeed the current administration has created quality jobs in an unprecedented manner.

“This reality is not attempting to deny the existence of unemployment-which is a global phenomenon worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a responsible government, we intend to engage the National Bureau of Statistics, to ascertain the veracity of their processes and results, particularly, we will seek answers to the following questions:

“What was the sample size used in the survey? What was the spatial spread of the sample? What population figure did they use to obtain the percentage recorded for Akwa Ibom? What quality assurance mechanisms did they employ? What was the temporal spread of the data used in the analyses?”

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