Pay Unemployed Nigerians - Senate begs FEC
Due to the high rate of unemployment rocking Nigeria, the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly has appealed to the executive to initiate an unemployment fund for the payment of stipends to unemployed Nigerians until such persons secure any kind of job.
The resolutions were reached after a debate on a motion on Escalating Rate of Unemployment in the Country by Senator representing Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday's plenary.
In his presentation, Senator Ekweremadu said that the most active percentage of the nation’s population is forcefully caged by unemployment which has, in turn, prevented them from contributing toward the Gross Domestic Product.
In their contributions, Senators Biodun Olujimi, Smart Adeyemi and Benjamin Nwajumogu, noted that the high level of crimes in any society are most times related to high rate of unemployment.
In his ruling, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of National Planning, to put up mechanisms and programmes that would provide employment for the teeming unemployed graduates/youth at all tier of government.
Recall that the National Bureau of Statistics had in its November report revealed that Nigeria's unemployment numbers jumped by nearly 30% in 2018 to 16 million.