The recent shutdown of Jay 101.9 FM, a private radio station in Central Nigeria by regulatory authorities could worsen unemployment in the country, a local youth group says.

The National Broadcasting Commission last week shutdown the station based in Jos the capital of Plateau State over "partisan and inflammatory broadcast".

The Plateau Youth G-17 Peace & Progressive Forum, a pressure group founded by newly elected National House of Representatives member, Musa Bagos says the country's unemployment rate does not favour such.

"Outright closure of the Station when information is power and the rate of unemployment is high can never be a good decision.

"Throwing tens of persons out of jobs is not advisable," a statement by its official, Mr. Yaks Dafwam says.

The group in the statement suggests the shutdown may have been influenced by unspecified forces.

"While the NBC responsibilities are clear and unambiguous, objectivity, being fair, unbiased and independent decisions devoid of interference is vital," the statement says.

The country's leading opposition Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP however believes the Plateau State Government ordered the shutdown.

"Our findings reveal that the closure was on the instruction of Plateau State government, which has become very uncomfortable with the courageous posture of the station," the Party's spokesman in Plateau State, Mr. John Akans said in a statement.

The Party believes the Governor is targeting more radio stations towards enhancing his reelection prospects.

The Statement by its spokesman says, "We are aware that Governor Lalong who wants to forcefully impose himself on the people of Plateau beyond May 2019 has penciled down another radio station for similar victimization."

The State Government has however not responded to the allegations.