OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on unemployment in the country.

The resolution was sequel to a motion titled “Call for a State of Emergency and Legislative Intervention in the Unemployment Crisis in Nigeria” sponsored by Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) and 78 other members during plenary on Tuesday.

Mr. Gbajabiamila in leading the debate argued that the unemployment crisis in the country has reached an alarming rate as to be of serious concern to everyone quoting a figure of 24 percent nationally. He called for urgent job creation measures throughout the country.

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In his contribution, Mr. Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta State) supported the motion but disagreed that declaring an emergency was the solution to the crisis, saying “the present government should carry out its promises it made during the presidential campaign as regards employment.”

The House accordingly mandated its Committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity; Federal Character; and Poverty Alleviation to jointly liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to conduct a comprehensive audit of the pay and staff roll of all public institutions with the aim of eliminating ghost workers.

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