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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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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