Power sector lags behind other sectors in job creation

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The power sector has recorded the lowest number of jobs created out of all the priority sectors identified by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, The Punch reports.

An analysis of the Job Creation Report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the power sector recorded deficits in job creation in 2016.

The government had identified the diversification of the economy as one of the six major strategic intervention areas, highlighting reforms in the agriculture, power, manufacturing, information and communications technology and tourism sectors as gateway to achieving this.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, the power sector generated only one job, which rose marginally to four in the first quarter of 2016. However, a deficit of 80 was recorded from April to September 2016.