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NBS Tackles Omokri Over Unemployment Figures



The statistician general, Dr Yemi Kale, has tackled the former special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri over his tweet on  unemployment figures.

Omokri had sent out a tweet berating the President Muhammad Buhari led government for the rising level of unemployment in the country .

“The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) just released another jobs report showing that in the last 21 months under reviewing, an additional 7.9 million Nigerians became unemployed under Buhari.

“This is the first government since 1999 that has never reported job gains, only job losses!” Omokri stated in his tweet.

However, the head of the NBS, Dr Yemi Kale in a swift response denied that the figures were the latest figures tagging it “fake news”.

According to Yemi, the figures quoted by Omokri was that of third quarter of 2017 noting that the NBS is yet to release the 2018 unemployment figures.

“This is fake news. NBS never released any such report. NBS last report was on unemployment for Q3 2017 with the update up to Q2 2018 in progress.  Let’s kindly keep NBS away from politics or fake news. We do not support politicisation of data, neither do we respect people that do so.”

He pointed out that the report quoted by Omokri which was done by Channels Television “was published in December 2017 and covers up to Q3 2017. Not a new report in July 2018 about job losses in the last 21 months and not even about job losses either.”