NBS, Ngige in war of words over claim of ‘false statistics’

NBS, Ngige in war of words over claim of ‘false statistics’

The Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have engaged in an online feud over alleged discrepancies in employment statistics.

1st News gathered that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; while receiving the leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), stated there would be a virtual meeting between the Federal Government and the World Bank.

According to the Labour Ministry on Twitter, this meeting was to discuss modalities used by the NBS in gathering data for employment statistics.

Ngige said: “There has been a little confusion there as to the accuracy of data generated by the NBS. So, we want to align everything tomorrow (Thursday).

“The World Bank says the NBS methodology doesn’t conform to the global standard; especially the ILO format of arriving at such Employment Index.”

The Minister, who described the meeting as very important; recalled he had severally queried the employment statistics released by the NBS.

However, in its response, the NBS, through its Twitter handle, countered the World Bank did not dispute its employment statistics data collection as claimed by Ngige.

It tweeted: “The World Bank has denied making any such statement and rather together with the economic advisory committee affirmed its confidence, commendation, support and close working relationship with @nigerianstat. The World Bank can be contacted if in doubt.”

The latest statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on its website stated the unemployment rate; as of the end of 2020 rose to 33.3% from 27.1% recorded as of Q2 2020; indicating that about 23,187,389 (23.2 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.

Meanwhile, the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has learned that Nigeria is in danger of becoming a failed state; as it continues to battle growing insecurity.

Peter Obi issued this call via his Twitter handle on Thursday, April 30; while calling for a bipartisan approach to restoring peace across the country.

1st News had also reported how the country recorded more than 10 security incidents on Monday; as killings as well as attacks continued across the country.

As the situation continued to deteriorate, there have been concerns that the security agencies are becoming overwhelmed; prompting a need for external help in internal security.

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Peter Obi, who was a vice-presidential candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, said Nigeria cannot be allowed to continue on a downward spiral.

He appealed to all citizens to unite in tackling the root causes of the insecurity; which, according to him, “are now ruling and also ruining our dear country”.

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