The Civil Society Coalition on Economic Growth and Employment in Rivers State has called on state government to declare a state of emergency on the issue of unemployment in the state.
Briefing Journalists in Port Harcourt, Deborah Effiong, representing Arise For Gender And Livelihood Initiative said that the increase on unemployment in the state is associated to lack of priority by government
According to her, the National of Bureau of statistics 2020 report said Rivers State has a labour force of over 3million and total number of unemployment at over one million, ranking second behind Lagos State.
The coalition urged the state government to create business enabling environment for private sector to strive, strengthen Small and Medium Enterprise through grants and loans.
They further called on the state government to recommend that the candidates in the run up to the 2023 gubernatorial election to prioritize economic growth.
Effiong said, “The Civil Society Coalition On Economic Growth and Employment in Rivers State is a Coalition of Civil Society groups, the Academia, Youth Groups, Women’s Rights Organisations and Community groups that have coalesced with the sole purpose of addressing and highlighting the issue of Economic Growth and Employment in Rivers State.
“The Coalition emerged from a broader governance project themed Hope, Action and Progress for Women and Youth in Politics (weYOUPro), facilitated by
Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN).
“The Civil Society Coalition on Economic Growth and Employment is concerned about the high rate of unemployment recorded in Rivers State by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Labor Force Statistics on Unemployment and Underemployment Report of the second quarter of 2020.”
Other civil societies that made up the coalition include Gender and Development Action (GADA), Feel Rivers Media Network (FR News), Borokiri Community Advocacy Group and Centre For Social Justice And Environmental Rights Protection (CESIERP).