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Unemployment benefit fund divides Senate

05 November 2015, 15:04

Abuja - There have been rowdy scenes at the Senate over the implementation of  the N5 000 unemployment benefit the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised during the presidential campaign.

The uproar started after Senator Philips Aduda urged the Federal Government to immediately commence the implementation of the benefit to curb the soaring rate of unemployment in the country.

He was seconding a motion by Senator Bassey Albert Akpan.

The development did not go down well with shouting APC legislators Senator Babajide Omoworare quickly raising point order and when acknowledged by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

He cited some legislative instruments to reinforce his position.

This paved way for the Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, to second the additional prayer by Aduda.

Also read: PDP senators reject Thursday's votes and proceedings

When the Senate President put the additional prayer into voting, there was a resounding “Nay” from the APC senators and “Aye” from the People’s Democratic Party senators. However, Saraki ruled in favour of the “Nay”.

Meanwhile, the Senate has called on the Federal and sub-national governments to intensify efforts on employment generation activities in line with various campaign promises.

The Senate also condemned the high rate of unemployment in the country considering the huge bailout intervention funds expended by government in various sectors of the economy over the years to boost domestic production.

The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly also directed its relevant committee to investigate the effective release, utilisation and performance of various intervention funds to the various sectors of the economy by the relevant government agencies.

- CAJ News

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