The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has said that if the rising rate of unemployment in Nigeria is not cheeked, It may consume the country.
He blamed lack of education as responsible for many challenges bedevilling the country, warning that if not tackled the country might be “completely wiped out.”
The minister said this at the inaugural partnership economy summit organised by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs in Abuja.
The summit was tagged, ‘Translating Sustainable Development Goals to local businesses in Nigeria.’
Speaking on the unemployment in Nigeria, Ngige said , “We are in trouble as a country. We are in trouble and anybody who tells you he doesn’t know we are in trouble is lying to himself and once you lie to yourself.
“We are facing unemployment problem that is cyclic, one begat the other. It is left for you and me the elite to decide to save ourselves, save our children and save our country.
“If we keep on with these symptoms; buy ammunition, bomb these people, bomb kidnappers, bomb Boko Haram, you will be wasting resources.