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FG attributes the rising unemployment rate to crude oil theft

The threat posed by crude oil theft has been attributed by the Federal Government to the country’s worsening unemployment situation.
This was said by Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, when he opened the 8th Meeting of the National Employment Council on Friday in Abuja.
The minister was quoted as saying this by the Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Olajide Oshundun. Ngige, who is the chairman of the council, said that oil theft has made Nigeria a mendicant nation that has to begging for survival.
He claims that this threat has hindered the federal government’s efforts to create jobs for the country’s youthful population.
“I am aware that you are aware that we are at a very crucial point in the life of our nation.There are economic issues all over the world, but Nigeria’s is our own fault.Oil is our primary revenue source.
However, there are two happenings in the oil industry.First, Nigeria is not producing the required quantity.Previously, we had a daily production limit of 2.2 million barrels set by OPEC.It fell to just 1.8 million barrels.
We are currently unable to produce even the 1.8 million barrels.They informed us that some individuals are stealing our crude oil because we are operating at approximately 1.1 million barrels per day.
Because it has made us very mendicant, this is a very serious matter.He stated, “We are now a mendicant nation that resorts to begging for survival.”
He went on to say that the country can’t stay that way because it has made it harder to find jobs for our youthful population.
In addition, the minister stated:When some people looked at the situation, they said that white men came here and took all the jobs when we started the country.
The jobs became known as “white collar jobs” because we saw them wearing white shirts and ties.Later, our own people started going to college and working in “white collar jobs” after they graduated.
“Our colonial masters left and left us an additional group of colonial masters, the indigenous people.
“Those who took over from the colonial masters did not anticipate the future.”The first is that our population is expanding beyond our control.
“Our population grows at a rate exponentially faster than our GDP.”We are neither arranging for our younger population to perform blue collar jobs nor finding white collar jobs for them.
“Regular positions are the ones you do with your hands, applying abilities,” he said.
Ngige also mentioned that the transportation industry only produced a small number of blue-collar jobs, particularly in the rail and maritime sectors, without producing any indirect jobs to go along with them, and that the situation was made worse by foreigners.
He went on to say that Chinese and other West Africans have taken over the majority of blue-collar jobs.
Additionally, he attributed the nation’s youth unrest to the widespread unemployment.
“Unemployment is not unique to Nigeria; however, our situation is even more dire given that people in other parts of the world are earning money from blue collar jobs.Our workforce does not have any blue collar jobs here.
Our polytechnics compete with universities for degrees, though.A polytechnic tells us it gives degrees.We have specialized universities that need to liken their declaration with a degree.
“Having technical skills is of no interest to anyone.Everyone wants to draw and design in offices with air conditioning, like the degree man does.It is not the role of the degree men to implement.
He stated, “The field implementers are the technologists and technicians, and in proper climates, they are extremely well paid and lead decent lives.”
He asserts that the National Employment Council and the National Skills Council, which are housed in the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labor, must shake hands in order to halt this unfavorable trend.
With a sense of urgency, he stated that this also included the ministries of Industries and Trade, Works, Power, Science and Technology, and all other government creations.
Ngige thusly suggested the consolidation of the Government Service of Correspondence and Computerized Economy into the Public Business Chamber, being that we are in an advanced age which made for the production of advanced positions.
He said that the best way to help the growing number of young people without jobs is through digital jobs.
We must also investigate gas pipeline projects and the NNPC.The Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) project and the one that crosses the West African Line into Morocco and reaches Europe are currently Nigeria’s two projects.
He explained, “So, these are all ongoing critical infrastructure projects with a significant number of jobs to be created from them.”
He supported the idea to establish labor desks in the form of job synergy points in ministries, departments, and agencies whenever it was necessary to do so in order to make job creation and monitoring simpler.
We came up with the idea for labor desks for trade disputes, so we started in ministries and agencies that tend to have a lot of trade disputes.
“You should also bring a proposal so that we can do reforms through the Ministry of Labor now that this Employment Council is thinking ahead.
He stated, “This will ensure that there are contents for job creation in conjunction with the aspect of the trade dispute, in addition to managing strike actions.” (NAN)

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