774,000 Jobs: Poverty is ravaging, Unemployment is extremely on the high rise -Senator Gbenga Obadara reacts

A former Senator, Gbenga Obadara, who represented Ogun Central Senetorial District from 2011-2015 under the unbrella of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and the current Chairman of Special Public Works Programme in Ogun State has decried the rate of unemployment in Nigeria.

Senator Obadara reacted to his bewilderment that 4 PhD holders, 200 master’s degree holders have applied for the Federal Government’s unskilled job program targeting 774,000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works programme overseen by the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN).

The Former Senator during an interview with PUNCH stated:

"Four PhD and 200 master’s degree holders have applied. Poverty is ravaging. Unemployment is extremely on the high rise. People with master’s degrees and even PhD degrees are applying for N20,000 jobs. That is the problem. It cannot cover everybody. We cannot blame the Federal Government.”

Senator Obadara furthered that the selection committee started distribution of forms four weeks ago and almost 20,000 persons from 20 local government areas had obtained the forms.

The Special Public works Programme, an intiative of the President Mohammadu Buhari led adminstration would engage, 774,000 Nigerians, 1,000 people from each of the 774 local government areas of the Federation, who are expected to be unskilled workers and would earn N20, 000 each on a monthly basis for three months.

The Former Senator who doubles as the owner of Sweet 107.1Fm had in 2016 issued a similar statement, lamenting on the need to salvage the ravaging poverty in Nigeria stimulated by the geometrically increasing unemployment rate.

"Our founding fathers laid a strong foundation which some of us have religiously emulated. I want to urge leaders at all levels to further put into consideration, the plight of the masses; many of who are struggling to live above poverty level."

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