I just received the report from the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria. Technically, 17,831 Nigerian PhD holders are unemployed but that is because the report focused on the Covid-19 period. The Twitter poster carefully removed “FORCE SURVEY UNDER COVID-19”, and created the impression that the 17,831 unemployed PhDs were in a normal state during peacetime.
Ladies and gentlemen, there is no argument or debate, Nigeria could have more than 17,000 unemployed PhDs as most private universities have frozen departments, fired workers, etc to avoid paying them, during this covid-19 pandemic. I see nothing unusual on the number quoted by NBS. I only disputed a lazy post which was making rounds which had carefully removed the date of the survey. NBS has a good “disclaimer” when it noted that the survey was done “under Covid-19”.
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