Senate to discuss unemployment situation Tuesday

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It was gathered that the Senate will on Tuesday consider a motion on the high level of unemployment in the country, with a view to proffering solution on how to curb the trend.

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The motion entitled “Intolerable upswing of unemployment in Nigeria” according to the Senate’s Notice Paper for this week, is among other matters to engage the Red Chamber’s attention this week.

Sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ekiti North, Senator Duro Faseyi, the motion would specifically call on the nations’s security outfits to engage more Nigerian youths as a veritable means of reducing unemployment and boosting security across the country.

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Other motions to be considered according to the Notice Paper are the need to Decongest the Nigerian Prisons, need to give Kogi and Anambra States recognition as oil producing states, provision of medical attention for critical condition victims, and the need to determine the status of N90billion dividends in securities for Nigeria investors.

Others include urgent need to investigate special funds accrued to the Federation as provided by the Revenue Allocation Act, 2004 and the rehabilitation of prison inmates through agricultural training programmes run by the Nigerian Prison Service.

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Also slated for consideration during the week are the Bills for an Act to provide for the Governance, and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry, popularly referred to as the PIB, Establishment of the Public Private Partnership Regulatory Commission, the Customs Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill and a Bill for an Act to repeal the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

Others include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), and a Bill to provide for Establishment of Federal Entrepreneurship Centres at Local Government Areas.

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A cursory look at the activities of the Senate this week show that the Red Chamber is poised to speedily pass critical bills with bearing on the economy and other social challenges – like unemployment, confronting the country.

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