We have created 12M new jobs – Presidency

The Presidency has disclosed that the Mohammadu Buhari led administration has created 12 million jobs since it was elected into government.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known when asked about the Nigerian Bureau Statistic (NBS) data indicating that millions of jobs have been lost when he appeared on Sunrise daily, a programme on Channelstv.

Disputing the figures of number of job losses released by the NBS, he said the Director General of NBS, Dr. Yemi Kale, had admitted to the Federal Government that they had only focused on white collar jobs losses.

“There was a departure last week. The NBS chief while addressing the Federal cabinet and made admission himself that they had concentrated their analysis over time on white collar jobs and that they haven’t taken into cognisance of jobs creation in the area of agriculture ” he said.

“The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria made an open claim that they have created 12 million new jobs and nobody has come out to dispute that”.

“When he finished addressing the Federal cabinet last week, the DG was told to go out and address the public about what he had just told them. They said to him, you are just saying to us that Jigawa, Kebbi and Ebonyi are reporting the lowest employment rate on the account of agriculture”.

“So I think that the data collected on the basic of which some of the judgements that have been passed are misleading. There is now a convergence. The data has been unfair to this administration, they have ignored job creation in the areas of agriculture and now that it is being integrated, Nigerians will be impressed with us as we have created at least 12 million new jobs in the area of agriculture.

But the DG of NBS, Dr. Yemi Kale in a response to a question tweeted to him on his official twitter handle about Shehu’s claim of admitting to misleading the public on the number job losses denied the statement credited to the presidential spokesman.

“neither the statistician General nor NBS ever made any such admission at anytime to anybody and the unemployment computations does take into account all sectors, age groups and both rural and urban areas” he tweeted.