OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday urged the federal government to dedicate 20 per cent of recovered loots to fund the fight against poverty in Nigeria.

This was part of resolutions reached after it considered a motion on bridging the gap of inequality and inequity in the country moved by Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu). The motion generated a long debate as the causes and solutions to the issue of poverty and the consequential social crises including criminality and banditry.

The senate also called on the government to “declare an emergency on unemployment in Nigeria, create more pro-poor social safety nets and take other urgent measures to stimulate production and other economic activities to engage young citizens of the country.”

The Senate also urged the Federal Government to increase budgetary allocation for education; adopt a policy of one factory per local government; and set up an unemployment support fund.

However, the upper chamber rejected a prayer that called on the government to engage 100,000 security personnel per year.

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