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NBS statistics shows we’re making progress – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari says the recent statistics reeled out by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that his administration is doing well .Buhari said this on Wednesday during a Gala Night organised by beneficiaries of the government’ s Anchor Borrowers Programme held at the State House Conference Centre , Abuja.

The President said this barely hours after the NBS announced that the number of unemployed persons of working age had risen to 20 . 9 million .

He said that statistics from the NBS has confirmed that his administration ’ s policies are yielding results.

Buhari said he inherited , “ A broken system in the agricultural sector in 2015 ” .

After hearing testimonies from some rice farmers , the President said , “ Seeing your faces and hearing your stories give me hope . Today , we are on the track to achieving an all -inclusive economy . ”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Mallam Garba Shehu , had said Buhari had ordered the Statistician – General of the NBS , Dr . Yemi Kale , to change the high unemployment statistics and reflect the rising rate of employment in the agriculture sector .

Shehu said during a recent meeting with the Federal Executive Council , Kale admitted that the NBS was only focusing on the creation of white collar jobs and not the agriculture sector and the informal sector .

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“ Rice Producers Association of Nigeria made the open claim and nobody has challenged them up until the time that we speak , that they had created 12 million new jobs , ” Shehu had said .

Kale , however , denied ever making such a claim .

The United States Department of Agriculture World Markets and Trade had said last month that Nigeria imported three million metric tons of rice in 2018 .

The US report had said the import figure is 400 , 000 metric tonnes higher than the quantity of the product that was imported in 2017 .

The report also stated that Nigeria ’ s local rice production dropped from 2016 to 2018 compared to the situation in 2015 .

The report ran contrary to several claims by the Nigerian Government that local rice production had increased while importation had dropped by up to 90 per cent .

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