Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says job creation is what he does best, TheCable reports.
The 71-year-old former vice-president said this ahead of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) release of labour statistics, expected Thursday, October 18 and Monday, November 6, 2018.
“The most effective way to fight crime is to provide opportunity to create wealth, because poverty is conducive to crime,” Atiku said on Thursday.
“If you elect me as your President, I will equip the security forces to fight terrorism and crime. Additionally, I will do what I do best – job creation.”
Nigeria’s job creation report for Q1 and Q2 2018 was initially billed to be released on October 10, while labour force statistics for Q4 2017 and Q1 2018 is expected on October 18, according to the NBS data release calendar.
Both reports have not been made publicly available.
The last NBS report shows that the number of people within the labor force who are unemployed or underemployed increased from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in Q2 2017, to 15.9 million and 18.0 million in Q3 2017.
President Buhari and former vice-president Atiku are running on the promise to create jobs if voted in to lead Nigeria in 2019.
The unemployment report is expected to be a campaign tool for both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — depending on the eventual numbers.