The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, while formally declaring open the 2021 budget defense for the Ministry of Agriculture before the Senator Abdullahi Adamu, All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasarawa West led Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday, November 9, 2020, warned that Nigeria as a country, will not escape another citizens’ restiveness in the mode of #EndSARS protest if it failed to effectively address the issue of youth unemployment and make practical steps in its national budget to meaningfully engage the youths.
Recounting the events of #EndSARS, Lawan said that some youths genuinely expressed their anger in the recent #EndSARS protests and successfully gained the government’s attention.
The President of the Senate warned that a good number of them who may not have had the opportunity to vent their anger are in the rural areas; pointing out that there was an urgent need to meet their needs.
Lawan who advised that there was a need to be more practical with budgetary allocations for the Ministry of Agriculture to create jobs for many of the youths, said, “Let’s meet them where they are and many of them are in the rural areas. Let’s give them what we can and keep them in the rural areas and make their lives productive”.
“On our part, we are going to be accountable. We escaped this one (#EndSARS Protest); the other one is inescapable.”