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‘Confusing’ Employment Statistics: Ngige’s Labour Ministry, NBS Take Fight To Social Media



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The Ministry of Labour, Productivity and Employment and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have tackled each other on social media over alleged confusing employment statistics.

According to reports, the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige while receiving leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) on Wednesday stated there would be a virtual meeting between the Federal Government and the World Bank.

The meeting, according to the ministry on twitter, is 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 a swift reaction, the NBS, through its twitter handle, countered the minister saying 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.”

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