The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has warned that the growing number of unemployed youths in Nigeria will someday lead to protests across the country.
Lawan stated that the 2021 budget should be utilised in a way that would create employment opportunities for the millions of unemployed youths in the country.
He gave the warning when top officials from the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development led by the Minister, Sabo Nanono, came to defend its 2021 budget before the Senate Committee on Agriculture.
The Senate President said that white-collar jobs and the oil sector can no longer be relied upon to provide jobs for the millions of unemployed youths.
He said, “Recently, we had protests by some of our youths. Some of them, very genuine, were seeking the attention of leaders and they got the attention.
“So, our budget, especially for 2021, should be mindful of what we do to provide employment opportunities for these youths.
“They demonstrated, they protested because they could do so. There are so many other people who may not be youthful but are also in the same need. They didn’t protest.
“Let us meet them where they are, we don’t want to wait until they also start to grumble or protest we should be proactive.”