Senate President says NASS to monitor youth empowerment programmes

Senate President says NASS to monitor youth empowerment programmes

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says the National Assembly will work with the Federal Government to ensure that Nigerian youths fully benefit from government empowerment programmes.


He gave the assurance at a meeting of traditional rulers, 19 governors of the northern states and other top officials, held on Monday in Kaduna.


Lawan said: “In the National Assembly, we will ensure that the whole country has peace; we will work with the executive arm of government to bring sanity and ensure the realisation of the aspirations and hopes of our young people.


“We will ensure that agencies handling various empowerment programmes and entrepreneurial schemes engage with the youth and help them to realise their ambitions.”


The senate president said that leaders at all levels, especially those in the North, must support the youth to realise their ambitions in life, for the good of all.


“The ball is now in our court, as leaders, to ensure that we engage our youth for productive and positive development in the region.


“We should be looking for ways and means of empowering them, giving them the right environment and jobs. They should participate in entrepreneurship; something that will keep them busy and make them have hope of actualisation their genuine aspirations.”


Lawan said that the meeting reviewed the recent #EndSARS protest in the country and agreed that state governments in the region should create the necessary environment for the youth to be productively and positively engaged.


He commended the youth in the North for largely refusing to engage in violent protest and looting, as witnessed in some parts of the country.


“This is an opportunity for me to commend state governors in the North for appealing to our youth not to join the protest, especially when it turned violent,” he added.


He also lauded traditional leaders as well as Muslim and Christian clerics in the North for also appealing to the youth and preaching peace throughout the period of the protest.

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