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FG must pay attention to unemployment statistics — Prof Ikelegbe

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By Tolulope Oke

A Professor at the Institute for Security Studies, Lower Usman Dam, Abuja, Prof Augustine Ikelegbe, has called on the Federal Government to pay attention to the unemployment statistics facing the country.

He also called on Nigerian universities to reform how they educate their graduates, saying they should be educated to easily adapt to new technologies and become entrepreneurs.

Ikelegbe, who said these at the 12th matriculation ceremony of the Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State warned that failure to do so could make  Nigeria totally forgotten by the scientifically and technologically progressive world.

Speaking on the theme:  “University Education and the Contemporary Labour Market in Nigeria,” said Nigeria’s employment capacity is 83 million.

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He lamented that  26 million unemployed people were seeking non-existent jobs.

In addition, he said that unemployment is among Nigeria’s biggest social problems, adding that about half of the 23 million Nigerians within the 15 to 35 years age bracket are under-employed while some 1.8 million Nigerians enter the labour market yearly, with tertiary institution graduates making up 500, 000 of the number.

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