Abuja—The Senate yesterday expressed worry over the growing rate of unemployment in the country. It, therefore, urged MDAs to tackle the alarming rate of unemployment in the country.
Their worry followed a motion by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo West) and co- sponsored by 41 others.
Uzodinma led the debate on the motion entitled “Unemployment data and creation of job centres in the country”.
He said “it has remained worrisome as the army of the unemployed has over the years continued to grow, without any way of knowing its exact size at any given time”.
Uzodinma argued that the absence of a data base to determine exact number of unemployed persons in the country “does not help national economic planning”.
He said the reactivation or creation of job centres in the 36 states and Abuja, as well as the 774 local government areas, would help in actualising the maintenance of the comprehensive and updated database on unemployment.
While senators in their contributions, lamented the alarming rate of unemployed youths, they, however, disagreed that there was no database to capture unemployment level in the country.
They agreed that the challenge was not that of database but inability of existing government agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment and the National Bureau of Statistics to rise up to the occasion.
The Senate President, David Mark, commended Senators for their contributions to the debate.
Mark said it was clear that the trust should be that of unemployment and not database.
He said the situation was now worrisome, adding that something needed to be urgently done to address the situation.
The Senate urged government MDAs to as a matter of national urgency, wake up to their responsibilities and take steps to arrest the situation.