Senate asks federal government to pay stipends to unemployed Nigerians

Gyang, a senator representing Plateau North made this statement during senate plenary session in Abuja on Wednesday.

The motion was first brought up by Former Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“The government of Nigeria should declare a state of emergency on unemployment in this country so that all hands will be on deck and deliberate steps must be taken to ensure we rescue Nigerian youths that are in the state of trauma”.

National Bureau Statistics (NBS) had previously reported that Nigeria has 23.1% unemployment rate and 16.6% underemployment.

Also, Nigeria’s labour and employment minister Chris Ngige once said that Nigeria’s unemployment rate may increase to 33.5 per cent by year 2020.

On his remarks, Senator Biodun Olujimi also supported the motion saying “We must declare an emergency on unemployment. There is a limit to age when it comes to employment. The emergency is as good as being declared now because something has to be done”, Olujimi added.

In his reaction, Smart Adeyemi, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, blamed banks for their negligence to give loans to young Nigerians for starting business. He further urged banks to help reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

Senates, therefore, urged the federal, state, and local governments to innovate existing industries as well as building new ones which can induce employability.

The lawmakers also asked the federal government to launch unemployment fund for the payment of living stipends to unemployed Nigerians.

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