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Okonjo-Iweala: “5.3 Million Nigerian Youths are Unemployed”



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - Bella Naija

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is assuring Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure that the 5.3 million unemployed Nigerian youths are gainfully employed.

She made this declaration yesterday, at the commissioning of the Global Distance Learning Institute, GDLI, in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

Stating that unemployment has been an issue prior to President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, she revealed that efforts were being made to encourage  youths to not merely seek jobs, but become entrepreneurs and labor employers.

“President Jonathan is very worried about problem of unemployment in the country. That is the reason we are so excited about this GDLI. It would create jobs and also train youths in skill acquisition,” she said. 

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  1. Jesus babe

    April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    ok o..

  2. B-WEST

    April 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This lady is nothing short of comically hilarious – if Ngeria is 170-180 issh million. Let me be practical & state 100 million of that population are young & vibrant,the remainder are past their prime. How did u arrive at the point of confidently saying over 90 million 9ja youths are gainfully employed madam? Pls illuminate my ignorance with hard facts!

  3. New gurl - kike

    April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Jonathan Ȋ̝̊̅ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇ a coward. What have they done T̅☺ d youth.. A lot of graduate are @ home doing nothing. Dis one with her big glasses wil be running her mouth as if Sђε̲̣̣̣̥ doesn’t steal money!

  4. bimpe

    April 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    That figure is so false. Even an uneducated person is aware. 5.3million in a country that is the 6th or 7th most populated in the world… I don’t think so mate. I would think this lady passed mathematics in gcse. If that was the figure of unemployed youths then Nigeria should be hella well, does Nigeria even have a statistics board that carries out all these statistics… not correct.

  5. blessing

    April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

    God have mercy on us,no job,no food,no light,no security.

  6. me2me

    April 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    All you know it all in the building, how many people have you employed? How many jobs have you created? What bright idea have you ever come up with, that will solve our countries current employment issues? All you guys know is chochocho

  7. Dindin

    April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Wow this woman is embarrassing herself more and more. 5.3million out of almost 170mllion??

  8. Tony Ama

    April 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I disagree with the finance minister because if about 5million Nigeria should apply for NIS job then how many will be waiting to apply for bank and other ministries jobs… 50 million I guess lolz

  9. @edDREAMZ

    April 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Lmao…. 5.3 million nigerian youth be gainfully employed, am not sure she is talking about this nigeria we all knw….. May be her mouth was oozing when she was making the statement….. I call this a very big WASH……

  10. Noble (

    April 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Our super coordinating Minister of the Economy is never tired of promising.

  11. nene

    April 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    maybe she meant to say only 5.3 million nigerian youths are employed? 5.3 gini? that should be the figure for one state, maybe only in Lgaos state. there should be around 30 million unemployed youths in nigeria.

  12. Lukman

    April 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This woman need to be supported to create more jobs for the Nigerian people. She is making an appreciable effort at re positioning the nation. Her effort need to be applauded.

  13. Femi

    April 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    She meant 53m

  14. Lukman

    April 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Kudos to this great woman who has ensured that the Nigerian nation is giving the right place in the comity of nations.

  15. Stephanie

    April 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I don’t grab…so she is saying they would go back to school again, in the name of GDLI???

  16. Emmanuel Adesanya

    April 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I strongly believe the minister of finance, from all indication the economy is getting strong . thank you madam minister. Thanks for remaining in government despite the rumors being propagated by oppositions.

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