– NBS has accused the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment of lying
– The bureau was reacting to a statement made by Chris Ngige on the statistics of unemployment in Nigeria
– In turn, Ngige was also reacting to NBS claim that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless
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The National Bureau of Statistics took to social media platform Twitter on Friday to drag the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment for faulting its employment statistics.
Tweeting via its official handle, @nigerianstat, the NBS said contrary to the claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the Bureau’s methodology for measuring the rate of unemployment in the country conforms with global standards.
Ngige, on Wednesday, while receiving the leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in his office had said, “We have a virtual meeting of the National Economic Advisory Council with the World Bank to look at Nigeria’s modalities for employment statistics data collection.
“There has been a little confusion there as to the accuracy of data generated by the NBS. So, we want to align everything tomorrow. The World Bank says the NBS methodology doesn’t conform with the global standard, especially the ILO (International Labour Organisation) format of arriving at such Employment Index.”
But replying on Friday, the NBS tweeted, “The World Bank has denied making any such statement and rather together with the economic advisory committee affirmed its confidence, commendation, support and close working relationship with NBS. The World Bank can be contacted if in doubt.”
Meanwhile, Bioreports had reported that Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, March 28, said about 30 million Nigerians were unemployed before President Muhammadu Buhari took over office.
The presidential spokesman made the disclosure in reaction to comments made by former vice president Atiku Abubakar that Nigerians need to help the president
Adesina while defending President Buhari explained that the recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics that 23.2 million Nigerians are unemployed was not new.