The President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , on Monday
warned political office holders and policymakers against
paying lip service to youth unemployment .
He challenged his colleagues in positions of authorities to
factor youth employment and empowerment into the 2021
budget so as to escape another round of # EndSARS protests .
Lawan gave the warning when the Minister of Agriculture and
Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono, led top officials of his
ministry to defend its 2021 budget before the Senate
Committee on Agriculture .
The Senate President said, “ Recently , we had protests by some
of our youths . Some of them , very genuine , were seeking the
attention of leaders and they got the attention.
“ So, our budget , especially for 2021, should be mindful of
what we do to provide employment opportunities for these
“ 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. They didn’ t protest.
“ Let us meet them where they are , we don ’t want to wait
until they also start to grumble or protest we should be
Lawan said the oil sector and white- collar jobs could no
longer provide the required employment to keep the youths
busy and financially stable .
Meanwhile, the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari
(retd. ), on Monday told Nigerian youths who have been
protesting under the auspices of # EndSARS that it was in their
interest to keep the peace