The Senate has said 2021 budget should provide employment opportunities for the youths as it was part of the #EndSARS protests which rock the country for days.
According to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said leaders and government officials should stop insincere fight against the unemployment in Nigeria. He also tackled the Senate members to contribute to the positive result of youth empowerment in the next year budget to avoid fresh protests.
The Senate President, during the 2021 budget defended by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono, added that many are also in need but couldn’t protest noting that amendment should be done.
Lawan said, “Recently, we had protests by some of our youths. Some of them, very genuine, were seeking the attention of leaders and they got the attention.
“So, our budget, especially for 2021, should be mindful of what we do to provide employment opportunities for these youths.
“They demonstrated, they protested because they could do so. There are so many other people who may not be youthful but are also in the same need. They didn’t protest.
“Let us meet them where they are, we don’t want to wait until they also start to grumble or protest we should be proactive.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has said the Assembly is unaware of the frozen accounts of the #EndSARS protests promoters, adding that the Central Bank of Nigeria failed to inform them before the decision was taken.
In its Statement, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, stated that the Senate was awaiting detailed information on the development.
Bamidele said, “I heard the news through the electronic media and also read it on the pages of newspapers like every other Nigerian but we are interested in what actually happened as a parliament.”