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No Money, No Jobless Data, Nigeria's Chief Statistician Says

  • Nigeria hasn’t published jobless figures since last year
  • Official insists he’s not hiding bad news before election
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Nigeria hasn’t released official unemployment data for more than a year because of a lack of money at the statistics office.

Work on the nation’s jobless figures, the most recent of which are for the third quarter of last year, “can’t be completed due to budgetary releases,” Statistician-General Yemi Kale said Tuesday on Twitter. It’s got nothing to do with massaging the numbers or hiding bad news before elections in February, he insisted.