Unemployment: NBS Accuses Ngige of Lying about Statistics

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)on Friday faulted the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment for condemning its employment statistics.

The Bureau through its official Twitter handle @nigerianstat, said that 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.

It can be recalled that Ngige while receiving the leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in his office on Wednesday had said that, “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.”

However, the NBS replying on Friday, said that, “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,” it wrote.

The Bureau in its report for the fourth quarter of 2020, had said that over 23 million Nigerians are now jobless as unemployment rate hits 33.3%.