The Senate in a plenary session on Tuesday has enjoined the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment.
Senator Duro Faseyi, (PDP, Ekiti North) who raised the motion explained his rationale behind sponsoring such move as he said that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from 24.4 million in the first quarter to 26.06 million, adding that the situation had worsened as some companies have closed shops due to the recession.
“We are worried that the economic recession which has hit the country would multiply the level of unemployment in the country as more companies have started downsizing in order to cut costs”, Faseyi noted.
In his contribution, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia Central, PDP), maintained that government cannot create job opportunities for everybody while suggesting that government should create policies that empower private sectors.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, no government provides jobs for all citizens anywhere in the world, but what we should do is empower the private sector”, he said
Senator Okoji Oko Rose (Cross-River North, PDP) while speaking on the matter asked the government to look towards agriculture which has the capacity to absorb a sizable number of citizens which also provides availability of food at the same time.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in his remarks, asked the Minister of Labour and Productivity to provide a blue print for employment as well as ensure the enlistment of Nigerians in Security outfits.