Abuja - The Senate on Wednesday rejected
motion for the payment of N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the
The motion was sponsored by Sen. Philip Aduda (PDP FCT) but was greeted with
shouts of ‘’no, no’’ when he tried to expatiate on it.
Even, attempts by the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, to second the motion
were disrupted by the rowdiness created by the ‘’no’’ shouting of some senators
opposed to it.
Intervening, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, posed the question but the
senators responded along party lines.
While Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members yelled ‘’aye’’ in favour of the
motion, All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, who were in majority,
However, a motion calling for the probe of the utilisation of Subsidy
Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds by the immediate past
administration was adopted by the senators.
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Mover of the motion, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, prayed that every naira spent by
the past government on SURE-P and other poverty alleviation programmes should
be accounted for.
When the President of the Senate put the question, it was supported with a loud
“aye’’ from the APC wing of the chamber, with no dissenting voice from the PDP
In his remarks, 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.