President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday asked that the 2021 budget which is still being processed by the National Assembly be mindful of the rate of youth unemployment in the country.
Lawan spoke in Abuja against the backdrop of the recent End SARS protests in the country, at a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Agriculture on 2021 budget defence.
“Recently we had some of our youths protesting. Some of them very genuinely. They were seeking the attention of leaders and they got the attention of leaders.
“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 and they didn’t protest.
“Let’s meet them where they are. We don’t have to wait until they also try to grumble or protest. We should be proactive. We should reach them and they are in rural areas. Most of them.
“So we should meet them there. Give them what we can and what they need to some extent, within the purview of our resources and give them there, to make them live a productive life and that is the only way we can make a difference in the lives of the people,”