Governor Udom Emmanuel dismisses Nigeria Bureau of Statistics unemployment rating of Akwa Ibom
Akwa Ibom State State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has charged agencies responsible for data generation in the country to always come out with reliable data that can aid the country in planning purposes.
Governor Udom Emmanuel stated this in reaction to the recent report of the National Bureau of Statistics- NBS, which had put Akwa Ibom as the second state with the largest number of unemployed persons.
The governor, who was speaking on an interactive media chat, noted that the figures were politically motivated and challenged the NBS to a debate on the modalities used in arriving at the figures.
According to him, the state is one of the areas with high foreign direct investment, coupled with rapid industrialisation policy of the administration leading to the establishment of many factories, investment in development of infrastructures, revolution in the agricultural sector, which has led to the creation of many jobs and wondered where the NBS took their data from.
On the Corona Virus Disease situation in the state, the governor said over five thousand persons have been tested in the state and expressed happiness that the number of positive cases were reducing.
The governor said schools in the state will open for academic activities as soon as the federal government gives the go ahead and expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance to the COVID 19 protocols by students and teachers in the state.
Government house correspondent Jane Uwa reports that Governor Emmanuel uses the occasion to caution some Akwa Ibom people especially those in different position of authority against inciting statements that are capable of causing disunity in the state.
Written By Jane Uwa
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