The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh has said that the government of Thailand is accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of complicity in the current increase in the country’s unemployment rate.
Ogbeh stated this at a meeting of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) and leadership of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria ( FEPSAN ) presided over by President Buhari held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
The minister revealed that Thailand’s Ambassador to Nigeria at a meeting with him in February. 2018, said his country’s unemployment rate has increased from 1.2 per cent to 4 per cent, saying the collapse of seven rice mills allegedly caused by the huge slump in rice importation by Nigerians was responsible for the problem.
According to Ogbeh: “Just like two weeks ago, the Ambassador of Thailand came to my office and said to me that we have really dealt with them.
“But I asked what did we do wrong and he said unemployment in Thailand was one of the lowest in the world, 1.2 per cent, it has gone up to four per cent because seven giant rice mills have shut down because Nigeria’s import has fallen by 95 per cent on rice alone.
“So, Mr President we thank you for the support and we thank all the agencies and those of you in the private sector for your resilience.”