14 January 2013

Nigerians Urge Jonathan to Address Unemployment

Nigerians have advised President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the high unemployment rate in the country is reduced this year, a survey by NOI Polls Limited has revealed.

The survey obtained by THISDAY at the weekend also listed electricity supply, insecurity and corruption as other areas the president should focus on this year.

The poll, which sampled over 500 Nigerians across the six geo-political zones also revealed that despite the heavy gridlocks experienced on major highways during the Christmas and New Year season, about 53 per cent of the respondents were of the opinion that there had been slight improvement on the current state of the roads in the country compared to previous years.

These were two of the key findings from the poll conducted by the Abuja-based opinion polling and research organisation.

It also showed that respondents to the poll were asked five questions to ascertain their experience during the Christmas and New Year season and the policy direction they will for 2013.

It explained: "From the results, the majority of respondents (24 per cent) were of the opinion that the most important issue the president needs to focus on is addressing unemployment. This is followed by improving electricity supply (18 per cent), tackling insecurity (17 per cent) and eradicating corruption (10 per cent).

"Furthermore, eight per cent talked about improving basic infrastructure, while six per cent talked about improving education, and five per cent mentioned the boosting of agriculture. A paltry three per cent each mentioned the economy, health care and constitution; while two per cent mentioned tackling poverty."

NOI Polls added: "Interestingly, when analysed further across geo-political zones, the results show that the South-south zone has by far the highest proportion of respondents that claim their holiday was very enjoyable (60 per cent), and this may be explained by the series of carnivals, festivals and events organised and sponsored by state governments within the region."

According to the research, a common thread that runs across the three polls was the fact that the most salient issues that Nigerians want President Goodluck Jonathan's administration to address before 2015 are: unemployment, power and security.

The opinion poll was conducted on January 8, 2013. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 512 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

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