Since 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics counts people working fewer than 20 hours per week as unemployed and those working 20 to 39 hours as underemployed.
In Nigeria, there are about 16 million unemployed persons most of which are youths within the age of 15 and 24. 40% of the population are either unemployed or underemployed and Majority of workers are earning the minimum wage of N18,000 per month which is barely above the poverty line.
The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.