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Unemployment blamed for South-South woes

17 September 2013, 08:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The high levels of unemployment have been blamed for the high rate of social vice in south-south region of the country.

Analysts raised such concerns at regional interactive session of stakeholders in Calabar.

The Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, lamented the high unemployment levels in the face huge natural resources.

“Unemployment rate is particularly critical in the south-south zone that is so richly endowed with natural resources like solid, liquid and gas yet has a near economic crisis level of unemployment with high economic disparities among its citizens leading to high level of social vices," he said.

He said lack of basic skills by job seekers have impacted against their success.

“We all know the escalating crisis of unemployment in Nigeria, more school leavers, university and college graduates are entering the already saturated labor market and they remain unemployed because they have failed to effectively equip themselves with the requisite skills which employers want,” added the official.

He called for the expansion of employment creation projects through the development of the private sector as way to curb the high level of unemployment.

- CAJ News


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