According to new report from the NOI Polls, Unemployment ranked second among the top three areas Nigerians expected the government to focus its attention on after the insecurity challenge currently ravaging the country, ranging from insurgency, banditry, kidnapping to armed robbery and cultism.
The report was a product of public opinion polls on issues facing Nigerians which covered almost the four-year period between 2016 and part of 2019. The issue of the economy came distant third scoring 21 per cent in the polls, after security which had 29 per cent and unemployment which had 28 per cent.
The report was released to coincide with this year’s Workers’ Day stated that unemployment had been on the rise within the years under review.
Findings revealed that employment remains among the top three areas Nigerians expected the government to focus its attention on over the period in view: Security (29 per cent), Employment (28 per cent) and the Economy (21 per cent).
Unemployment which is the second on the list, has been one of the greatest challenges crippling the Nigerian economy as it has maintained an upward trend within the years in view.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, it said the unemployment rate in the country increased from 22.70 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 to 23.10 per cent in the third quarter of 2018.
Respondents in the polls emphasized the need for the government and other well meaning individuals to create jobs and a convenient environment for small and medium enterprises to thrive.
The report indicated that the newly approved minimum wage of N30,000 for workers was negligible in raising the standard of living given the economic situation in the country.
Job creation challenge in Nigeria can be effectively tackled through a strict adherence to and execution of the different strategies and policy framework that have been put in place to move the employment drive in the country forward.
Some of these strategies and policy documents include the National Employment Policy of 2002, the National Action Plan on Employment Creation, National Youth Policy of 2009 as well as the National Policy on Education .
Nigerians expect a positive change in the area of unemployment in the second term of the present government.