The Nigerian Ministry of Labour and Employment and National Bureau of Statistics have tackled each other on social media over alleged confusing employment statistics.
Senator Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, while receiving leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management(CIPM), stated that there would be a virtual meeting of the Federal Government and the World Bank.
According to series of tweets by the the ministry, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss modalities used by the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) in gathering data for employment statistics.
There has been a little confusion there as to the accuracy of data generated by the NBS. So, we want to align everything tomorrow (Thursday).
The World Bank says the NBS methodology doesn’t conform to the global standard, especially the ILO format of arriving at such Employment Index.
Describing the meeting as very important, Ngige recalled that he had queried the employment statistics released by the NBS severally times.
Reacting, the NBS, through its twitter handle, countered that the World Bank did not dispute its employment statistics data collection as claimed by Ngige.
The World Bank has denied making any such statement and rather together with the economic advisory committee affirmed its confidence, commendation, support and close working relationship with @nigerianstat. The World Bank can be contacted if in doubt.
The friction between the ministry and the agency has sparked outrage on social media.
Many Nigerians recalled the fight between Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) over collection of stamp duties.
The latest statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on its website stated the unemployment rate as of the end of 2020 rose to 33.3% from 27.1% recorded as of Q2 2020, indicating that about 23,187,389 (23.2 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.