Lack of funds to release unemployment data worries Atiku

AtikuThe presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has expressed dismay at the testimony of the Statistician General of the Federation, Mr Yemi Kale, that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), is unable to release the annual unemployment report that it is mandated by law to produce, because the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has not provided the NBS with the funds it needs to perform this essential service.

According to a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by his campaign organization, throughout the 16 years that the PDP governed the country, their various governments never took this route but funded the NBS to perform its statutory duty.

It said: “We know for a fact that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is in a state of panic because of the unprecedented unemployment numbers in Nigeria and is desperate to hide that information from the public.

“If the Buhari administration can afford ₦1.1 billion to fumigate the office of the National Security Adviser, if they can afford ₦3.5 million every month to feed Ibrahim El Zakzaky, then they can afford to release funds for the NBS to perform its statutory duty of releasing the nation’s job report.”

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The organization noted that President Buhari promised to create three million jobs per annum during the 2015 Presidential campaign season, but has ended up losing over three million jobs every year since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015.

The statement further said: “Since the Buhari administration came to being, 11 million Nigerians have lost their jobs and in December of 2017, the NBS under Yemi Kale, announced that 7.9 million Nigerians lost their jobs in the 21 months period under review.

“It is safe to draw the conclusion that if the NBS had been funded and able to release the now due 2018 job reports, the total figure of jobs lost under the present administration may climb higher than the present 11 million jobs.

“Thus, we can understand why this failed administration is desperate to cover that information up, however, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation insists that Nigerians deserve to know the truth no matter how unpalatable it may be.”

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of Atiku Abubakar Support Group, Dr Nath Iduma, has challenged members of Atiku support group to ensure that Atiku wins convincingly in all polling units in the country to make it harder for the ruling party to rig the election.

He alleged while addressing a gathering of various support groups in Abuja yesterday that the APC will exploit the slightest opportunity to rig the 2019 election.

He explained that Atiku and his running mate, Peter Obi, are successful businessmen who will run the country like a business entity to create much-needed jobs.

He said: “Atiku/Obi came together by providence and they are tested persons. I believe that if we have people that can run the government as they run business, then that government is going to succeed.

“In Yola, Atiku has several investments and when both of them come together, the problem of the country which is unemployment will be handled. The will run the country like they run the business.

Unless we win this election with a massive vote, it is likely they are going to rig us out.”

Also speaking, the National Youth Leader of the PDP, Hon. Udeh Okoye, charged the support groups to dominate the Social Media and counter the APC propaganda against Atiku.

He urged the youths to highlight the virtues of the presidential candidate as a way to counter the negative campaign of the ruling party.

He said: “We have to divide ourselves into two to confront the attackers and to promote our candidate. One group must attack the APC, telling how the APC has destroyed the country while the second group will promote the achievements of Atiku and Obi.

“Our product Atiku is a good market. So, we have to sell him to Nigerians. A larger number of voters are not in the social media but there are influencers are in the social media. We should influence our people who have registered to get their PVC.”

  1. Eteobong Inwek says

    Meanwhile, billions of Dollars are flying out of NNPC daily.

  2. Prince Diepiriye Tubota says

    Buhari, daily devil of mismanagement, nepotism and greed.

  3. Kunle D Blow says


    A. NigerDock is the largest ship fabrication yard in West Africa sub region. When it was sold, its Ex-MD Engr. Nkpubre Okon, openly stated how “Mr Job Creator” ignored the Transport Ministry then to Open bid for NigerDock.

    Atiku’s preferred bidder, ‘Global Energy’ that agreed to increase NigerDock’s workforce from 4,800 to 6,000 as part of privatization agreement dismissed 2,200 immediately it took ownership. Jagal Group that took over after Global Energy lost out on power play also sacked 1,400.

    B. Nigeria Port Authority reform was purely contrived to grab landed properties. 10,000 workers were sacked & 133 bids opened for NPA properties consisting of 68 properties in Apapa, 28 houses in Ikoyi. The highest reserves bid was for a property in Ikoyi fixed at N390.4 Million.

    Did Atiku forget how 7000 railway workers were sacked in 2005 without compensation to reduce its workforce to 6,300? Another 1,260 were fired in 2006. When ATIKU and his Headmaster were leaving in 2007, they left ~N5 Billion in unpaid Railway pension arrears.

    In 2006, Babalakin’s Resort Ltd acquired this 15 storeys prime asset overgrown with weeds from atiku and OBJ through a Development Lease Agreement (DLA) for N7.2Billion. A Court has asked Buhari to pay N54 Billion to Babalakin for that blunder.

    The DLA, dated October 10, 2006, granted Babalakin Resort Ltd a 99-years lease to redevelop the Federal Secretariat complex, that OBJ & ATIKU had abandoned for 7 years into 480 luxury apartments. This was at the eve of their departure from government. The transaction was one for the road.

    The DLA hit the rocks when Lagos State Govt in the interest of the public indicated willingness in acquiring the Federal Secretariat complex. LASG insisted it should be accorded right of first refusal since LASG is the Issuing Authority of the C of O, coupled with other reasons.

    Finally, lets compare OBJ & Atiku’s first 3yrs in power to the first 3yrs of PMB that hasn’t retrenched one civil servant, but has bailed out states on salaries. Lets not forget Atiku was in charge of the economy and OBJ gave him free hand until Galaxy Backbone scandal happened.

    In 2002, first 3yrs of the Obasanjo/Atiku, manufacturing accounts for 6% of GDP. Nigeria’s GDP fell by half for d first time in 20yrs. This was d year all textile factories in Nigeria closed down and unemployment was 28% within d formal sector alone; I repeat, alone!!

    In 2002, UN estimated that 70% of Nigerians live below poverty line compared to 48.5% in 1998 under a military rule. Life expectancy fell from 54yrs to 51yrs. Two-fifth of every child below age 5 were malnourished and only 50% of the 128Million Nigerians have access to clean water.


    Please any or all ATIKU supporters or his campaign structure are free to deny these submission with facts not sentiments.

    “As Head of National Council on Privatization (NCP), from 1999, atiku dug Nigeria’s economic grave for today’s extreme poverty and unemployment.

    There were over 600 federal assets when Atiku’s NCP started selling.

    Atiku should tell us who bought what and what was left for the country when he left power.
    To who did Atiku sell the following companies:

    Eleme Petrochemical
    Daily Times
    Ughelli Power
    Egbin Power
    NICON Insurance
    Transcorp Hilton Hotel
    NICON Luxury Hotel
    Sunti Sugar Ltd
    NetCom House
    Bacita Sugar Ltd

    In 2007, Onigbolo Cement operating at 500,000 tonnes per annum was sold to Dangote at N1.7Bn ?

    To those selling Atiku, let me remind you of Senate public hearing of August, 2011 which succinctly captures how Atiku through retinue of cohorts, fronts, shell companies, ring fenced over 70% of FG’s assets through a brazen daylight robbery privatization that he supervised.

    This is nothing sensational. Its real life facts and all the Senators are alive today.

    The 2011 privatization Senate committee was made up of Senator Ahmed Lawan – Chairman, Senators Babafemi Ojudu, Philip Aduda, Mohammed Ndume, Ifeanyi Okowa, Hope Uzodinma and Mohammadu Magoro.

    Lets look at Aluminium Smelting Company, ALSCON, that Atiku privatized.

    ALSCON which Nigeria built with $3.2 billion, was sold to a Russian firm, Russal, for $130million. As of the time of sale, ALSCON had received $120million for the dredging of Imo River, but was never done.

    When the Senate Seating of August, 2011 asked the Russian company the whereabouts of the $120million dredging money, the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Vitaly Kuzrestov, said that the money has been used for Environment Impact Assessment.”

    FG’s Five percent share in Eleme Petrochemical worth USD27 million was never presented at the National Council on Privatization before t’was sold to Indorama.

    Indorama recovered this amount selling Polyethylene and Urea to the entire west Africa sub-region in just 14 months.

    The Atikulate Business Theory: Sell to yourself Government assets that leaves millions in penury, to set up personal businesses that provides for a few. Atiku didn’t employ the few hundreds he employed because he likes them, he needs them to work to preserve what he took from Government

    A man who supervised sales of over 145 federal investments as a vice president, without a thought for today wants to be president.

    He didnt revitalize them.

    He didnt resuscitate them.

    He sold them to whomever agrees to his personal terms

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