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Emmanuel kicks against NBS unemployment report on Akwa Ibom

* Says it's unfair assessment of the State's status

From INI FRIDAY, Uyo 

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has kicked against the unemployment status of the State as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
 
Emmanuel Udom, Governor of Akwa Ibom State
In a recent report of nationwide unemployment survey, NBS classified Akwa Ibom as the State with the second highest unemployment rate in the country.
 
The Governor challenged the parameters used by the NBS to arrive at the State’s rating, saying the statistics was based on an old rating that preceded the 2019 elections 
 
Speaking yesterday in Uyo during an interactive session with the people of the State, Emmanuel wondered how the bureau arrived at the sample size used in determining the rating, noting that the NBS used the same figures before the 2019 elections. 
 
He said the NBS rating was a distraction, adding that he remained focused on  discharging quality and excellent services to the people of the state.
 
“We were the second in foreign direct investment, every part of the State is a construction site, what do people call employment?
 
“I inherited 100+ doctors and today we have over 400, I attribute this to ignorance. Investment in agric, our target was 16,000 hectares. The coconut plantation is employing up to 400. Find out people in hospitality businesses, and none employs less than 250. 
 
“It’s the same statistics they reeled out before 2019 election. Maybe NBS had forgotten that elections are over. Statistics has procedures and approaches. How did they arrive at their sample size, they don’t even know the population of Nigeria. We are done with election.  
 
“It’s questionable to see an Igbo State have the highest level of unemployment. The fastest way to stimulate the economy is investment in industries. Do you know how many workers we have under Ibom Air, both direct and indirect?
 
“I am not saying our people are fully employed but what I am saying is that it is not getting worse, there is room for improvement, but we are not getting worse,” he stated.
 
The Governor further said he had directed his Special Assistants to monitor the COVID-19 situation among students writing WAEC in the State.
 
He said: “We have made efforts to do random tests in schools. We will do that from school to school because of WAEC. Every special assistant to the Governor has been briefed and they are going from school to school to monitor the level of compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols, and give us first-hand reports in case there is an emergency. 
 
“We want to ensure that our students are safe even while writing examinations. Based on the results I have, I think the students are doing well and we want them to reciprocate with good results”.
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