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Senates Laments Unemployment

  • Senate Laments Unemploymentpwajok tribute
  • Pays tribute to Pwajok
  • Emir of Borgu too
  • Announces 65 standing Committees

The Nigerian Senate has today lamented soaring unemployment rate in Nigeria just as it has paid tribute to late Senator Gyang Nyam Shom Pwajok and Emir Borgu, senator (Dr) Haliru Dantoro Kitoro III, as well as appointing committee leadership

Standing in the name of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan-Akwa Ibom North East, the senate was worried by the soaring unemployment situation in Nigeria which was once again brought to public consciousness with the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBC); notes that the figures from the National Bureau of Statistics reveal that unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 8.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and from 6.4 percent in the last quarter of 2014; concerned that in the last five years, about two billion naira has been expended on intervention funds by the Federal Government to boost the productivity of various sectors of the economy without any commensurate impact on employment generation and strongly believe that if unemployed youths of this country are effectively engaged in gainful employment, terrorism, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and other socio-economic and cultural vices will be drastically reduced.

The Senate called on the Federal Government and sub-national governments to intensify their effort on employment generation activities in line with their various campaign promises by taking steps to boost entrepreneurial developments and employment capabilities of the Nigerian economy while calling for an urgent audit into effective release, utilization and performance of the various intervention funds expended by government in various sectors of the economy by the relevant government agencies.

In honor of its departed colleagues, the senate paid glowing tributes to Pwajok and Mai Borgu whom they acknowledged and recalled with delight, Senator Pwajok’s concern about the future of Democracy in Nigeria which led him to actively engage in the formation of virile youth groups and platforms with clear focus on the problems of poverty and youth development in Nigeria; worked assiduously to unite the diverse people of his constituency and contributed immensely towards bringing sustainable peace to Plateau North; and Mai Borgu as a frontline nationalist and elder statesman who promoted the bond of unity and cooperation  within the Nigerian polity.

The senate while observing one-minute silence sent a delegation to commensurate with the government and people of Plateau and Niger States.

Senator Bukola Saraki released the list of 65 standing Committee Chairmen and their deputies with senator Dino Melaye chairing the FCT Committee, Enyinnaya Abaribe heading Information, Peter Nwaoboshi leading the Niger Delta, Obinna Okigba Sports, Lanre Tejuoso Health and Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdulahi Chairing media and publicity among others.

The senate has adjourned till Tuesday, November 10, 2015 to enable ad-hoc committees submit their reports.

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