Benin, Aug. 14, 2020
The unemployment rate in Edo has dropped from 25.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2018 to 19 per cent in the second quarter of 2020.
This was contained in a statement on Friday by Mr Chris Nehikhare, Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo and credited to Mr Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to Gov Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy.
Osagie said that the new data was released by Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
He said that the 6.1 per cent drop was attributed to the job creation drive of the Obaseki led administration, whose job creation agency, Edo State Skills Development Agency, (EdoJobs) wss credited to have created over 170,000 jobs through innovative programmes in the last three and half years.
He also said that according to the NBS report, the state has the lowest unemployment figure in the South South region, bettering five other oil-rich states in the region.
“The unemployment rate among states in the South-south is as follows, Akwa-Ibom 45.2 per cent, Bayelsa 27.8 per cent, Cross River 31.6 per cent, Delta 40.3 per cent, Rivers State 43.7 and Edo 19 per cent”, he quoted the report.
The Special Adviser also said that the NBS reports that of the 1,985,765 labour force in Edo, 916,871 people were fully employed and work for over 40 hours.
“692,160 work for 20 to 39 hours, 143,026 work for 1-19 hours, 233,228 work for zero hours and 376,994 are unemployed’.
Osagie, further said that the new figures validate the data provided by EdoJobs, which had been vetted by several independent research outfits.
He noted that the Obaseki led administration was data-driven, which informs its policy thrusts and influences the outcomes of its reforms across different sectors of the state.
He said, “We are very elated by the latest data from the NBS as it validates the records published by EdoJobs.
“We are very modest about our achievements and let the data and impact do the talking. We undertook a holistic approach in resetting the economy, which is now evident for all to see.
“We are not resting on our oars.
“As we move closer to the 2020 election, Edo people must be reminded that Obaseki has kept to his promise to create the enabling environment to create jobs and we would continue to expand the frontiers for more jobs to be created with the coming on stream of more industrial projects which would reinvigorate the state’s economy.
“Certainly, Resetting Edo is on course”.