The Senate has rejected a motion sponsored by Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT) asking for the payment of a N5, 000 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the country.
In a manner characteristic of the Upper House of the National Assembly, Philip Aduda’s motion was greeted with shouts of “no, no” even as he tried to explain it. Brave attempts by the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, to second the motion was also greeted and disrupted with more rowdiness.
The Senate President Bukola Saraki who tried to intervene, posed the question to the senators who responded along party lines.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members yelled ‘’aye’’ in favor of the motion, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, who were in majority, vehemently rejected it.
In another motion calling for the probe of the utilization of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds by the immediate past administration was adopted by the senators.
Senator Babajide Omoworare who sponsored the adopted motion, prayed that every Naira spent by the past government on SURE-P and other poverty alleviation programmes should be accounted for.
As soon as the President of the Senate put the question across to the floor, it was supported with loud “aye’s” from the APC wing of the chamber, with no dissenting voice from the PDP side.
Senate President Bukola Saraki urged the senators to take the issue of unemployment very seriously and not play politics with it.
“We should stay above party line on this issue that is so important. We have seen growth in the last years but this has not translated to employment.
“Government alone cannot do it; the private sector has a role to play and the enabling environment must be created,” he said.
It will be recalled that the APC in its Campaign messages promised to pay N5, 000 to all unemployed youths in the Country.
Maxwell Ashiuloka – Abuja
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