OrderPaperToday – Senator Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers) on Thursday proposed to his colleagues to sell some of their cars and use the proceeds to provide employment for youths.
Uchendu made this suggestion while contributing to a motion moved by Senator Shehu Sani (PRP, Kaduna) on the killing of Faye Mooney, a British humanitarian worker and Matthew Oguche in Kajuru castle, Kaduna state during a cross fire between security agencies and armed bandits.
According to Uchendu, unemployment is one of the factors fuelling insecurity in the country.
For him, a way to keep the youths off the street and empower them is by establishing factories from the proceeds of the sale of senators’ cars.
He said: “We own three, four, five vehicles and I’m sure we can do much better with two.
“Our contemporaries in US, do they own four vehicles on the road? If we dispose of our two vehicles and use the proceeds to set up a small industry, wouldn’t we be engaging five youths – we will be taking more than five million youth from the highway.”
The Rivers senator queried the non- impact of the recommendations from security summit held by the senate last year.
He said: “Under your leadership there was a security summit, conclusions were reached to study all the contributions and make appropriate recommendations, the question I want to ask is where do we go from there?
“Has anything been done, if nothing has been done, why? We come here everything violence and security and all that.
“Who are the key drivers of this process, these killings, the youths. They have two vital assets, time and energy. Until our youths are a engaged, Mr President, this problem will continue.”