The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi has said that the recent report which revealed that over 87 million Nigerians were unemployed was saddening.
Obi pointed out that the rate of unemployment in the country would reduce if certain areas were given adequate support.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the former governor said this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
He said, “The more people that get into rice production, the more rice we produce and the more the price of rice goes up.
“It shows that there is disconnect. If we have 10 million rice farmers, the price of rice should have been coming down.
“If they are getting it right, the number would have been reducing, the whole approach or economic architecture is wrong.
“There should be areas of concentration that needs to be focused on. There are areas that you need to sincerely support which is not happening.’’
Obi called on the Federal Government to take drastic measures to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, stressing that an aggressive approach should be taken to turn things around for the better.
The former governor also speaking on the 2019 elections, said it would strictly focus on issues that concern the ordinary Nigerian.
He said, “It would be focused on issues about the voiceless 87 million poor people that are living in Nigeria, issues about millions of unemployed Nigerians.
“How do we start pulling those 87 million people out of poverty and how do we start ensuring that millions of unemployed Nigerians get jobs.
“So, when you see that the situation is worsening, you get sad. And for me, my first expression is sadness.”