The federal government has expressed serious concerns over the rising unemployment rate in the country, saying that over 15 million Nigerians are looking for white collar jobs.
“Unemployment is growing into a very vicious disease condition that has given rise to a lot of anti-social behaviour. And government is seriously worried because if we don’t confront unemployment head on with many measures which we are fashioning now, then the whole country will be consumed with social unrest.
“The symptoms are there. Boko Haram is a symptom of unemployment in Nigeria. IPOB is a symptom of unemployment and desperation and people getting frustrated.
“Same goes for banditry in the North West. Same goes for kidnapping all over the country — North West, North East, North Central, South East, South South and South West.
“Avengers — the destruction of pipelines, OPC, all these are symptoms of very serious underlying disease condition called unemployment,” the minister said.
Continuing, he noted that government would fashion out ways and means to deal with unemployment, saying, however, that government was not doing enough to address the scourge.
“We are doing something, but I think what we are doing is not enough.
“Government has used diversification into agriculture to fight unemployment. Yes, it was successful where people agreed to turn themselv