APC SENATOR CONDEMNS BUHARI’S 774,000 PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, SAYS MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO ESTABLISH INDUSTRIES IN EACH SENATORIAL DISTRICT

Toba Adedeji, Osogbo

Osun West Senator Adelere Oriolowo, has written off  the Federal Government’s 774,000 Special Public Works (SPW) Programme as undesirable.

Oriolowo said the N52 billion voted for the programme would have been of greater benefit  if used to establish  industries in the 109 senatorial districts to provide employment for youths or created skills acquisition schemes.

He condemned the resort to “money sharing” by governments and politicians, saying it was partly responsible for youth restiveness.

Oriolowo spoke while delivering a public lecture at The Wings Schools, Iwo, Osun State yesterday.

He spoke on “ Connecting Nigeria to its Teeming Youth: Detonating Time Bomb,” a topic adopted by the authorities of the institution to mark the International Youth Day.

Oriolowo frowned at the politics that have delayed the payment of the stipend to the participants even with the appropriation of  N52 billion  for the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in the 2021 budget.

He called for sanctions against politicians responsible for the delay and causing “fights and contests” over the appropriated fund.

He said: “Sometimes ago, the Federal Government disclosed that they want to distribute money. They earmarked N52 billion to empower the youth picked from 774 councils in the country by giving them N20,000 monthly for three months. They were to be given  N60,000 each at the end of three months. This has resulted in fights and contests.

“Nigerians will always look for ways to make jest of politicians.”

The lawmaker stressed the need for employment and skill acquisition programmes for Nigerians youths  many  of whom, he said, cannot defend their certificates.

Oriolowo added: “Youths are now certificates-oriented and many of them cannot defend their certificates.

“The important thing is that  the N52billion could have been used to establish industries. If the government gave it to all the 109 senatorial districts to create jobs and establish industries for youths. That will help a lot.

“We all know that the meaning of empowerment to an  average Nigerian is to give money but this is an insatiable urge. The money can never go round, the vulnerable will be disadvantaged.”

Orilowo argued   that the syndrome of giving money instead of creating jobs for youths resulted in massive destruction witnessed during the October 2020  #EndSARS.protests.

A former   Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner,  Prof.  Lai Olurode, speaking at the lecture, said “giving Nigerian youths money will not hasten development rather, they will use the money for their immediate needs. That will not lift   any of them from poverty.”

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