Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has lamented the rising state of unemployment and the negative effects on the the country’s development. ayokinews.com reports
The Minister attributed the lack of proper education as also one of the problems affecting the rapid development and growth of Nigeria while warning that if the situation isn’t taken care of, the country could be ‘completely wiped out’.
Ngige made this known at the inaugural partnership economy summit which was organized by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs in Abuja.
The inaugural summit was tagged, ‘Translating Sustainable Development Goals to local businesses in Nigeria.’
Speaking at the event, Ngige said, “We are in trouble as a country. We are in trouble and anybody who tells you he doesn’t know we are in trouble is lying to himself and once you lie to yourself.
“We are facing a problem that is cyclic, one begat the other. It is left for you and me the elite to decide to save ourselves, save our children and save our country.
“If we keep on with these symptoms; buy ammunition, bomb these people, bomb kidnappers, bomb Boko Haram, you will be wasting resources.
“If you had prevented it, it would cost you less. We must give education to these people at the grassroots.
“Those who can’t get an education, we must provide them jobs so that they can fend for themselves. They can put a roof over their heads.”