Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has blamed the worsening insecurity in Nigeria on the high rate of unemployment and underemployment. ayokinews.com reports
Ngige made this known while receiving the national executives of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), led by their National President Chinedu Okoronkwo, and accompanied IPMAN consultant, Dr. Maurice Ibe of the Benham Group.
Ngige urged the Nigerian elites and industry employers to address the two (twin) problems so that peace, stability and security can be achieved in the country.
Speaking during the visit, Ngige said, “A lot of the insecurity problems that we have are caused by unemployment and underemployment.
“In underemployment, people are not making money up to the minimum wage of N30,000 monthly or they are not working up to eight hours in a week, which is the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard. For full employment, that person must be in a workplace and doing eight hours.
“Insecurity is caused by people who feel cheated by the society. They carry arms, they carry daggers, among other things, to vent their anger against the elites.
“So, the elites in Nigeria are endangered, including me, all of us. So, the sooner we start talking to the elites in employer organisations, like yours, the better, so that we can cure this malady and prevent it from escalating.”