The labour leader said government alone cannot create jobs.
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdulwahed Omar, on Monday urged the Federal Government to create an atmosphere that would enable industries to employ Nigerians.
Mr. Omar said in Lagos that there was the need for the government to make it easy for both the public and private sectors to employ Nigerians.
“There are various versions of it. Some are even saying that 42 per cent are unemployed. We have gross inadequacy of employment in this country, particularly in respect of the youths which is definitely a kind of time bomb,” he said.
The labour leader said government has to be urged not only to employ as it cannot employ everybody.
“But what government must do primarily is to ensure that they now lay a very conducive atmosphere especially for industrialisation so that there would be massive employment not only in the public sector but also in all other places,” he said.
The NLC president said that industrialisation was the only way by which the unemployed would be meaningfully engaged rather that doling out money to unemployed youths and other people.
“Government cannot just earmark money for employment of 50,000 workers; if it does that, for what purpose? If government employs people with that N50 billion, what will happen by the time the N50 billion is exhausted by way of administrative issues and then salaries, what next?
“So, employment must be seen to be permanent; it must be continuous and consistent. Government alone cannot provide that. Therefore, the atmosphere that will ensure the development of industries and generation of employment is what government needs to create,” he said.
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