The National Economic Council (NEC) has set up a committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to interface with youths in the country concerning employment, social safety nets.
The decision to set up the committee was reached at an emergency virtual meeting of the council presided over by Osinbajo on Monday.
This is as against the background of the nationwide #EndSARS protests embarked upon by thousands of youths demanding end to police brutality, which have since been hijacked by other youths looting food warehouses and burning police stations.
A statement made issued by the Vice-President’s office on Monday said that the committee would also engage the representatives of Civil Society Organizations, religious and traditional leaders for the same reasons.
The membership of the committee is drawn from each of the geo-political region of the country; while Governors in the committee representing their zones are those of Sokoto State, Borno State, Niger State, Ondo State, Ebonyi State and Delta State.
The resolution of the meeting said: “After more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council today, a resolution has been reached by the Council that the deeper issues behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallouts should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.
“To this end, a Council committee to engage the youths, representatives of Civil Society Organizations, religious and traditional leaders on employment, social safety net programmes and national unity among other key issues of concern has been constituted. Members of the Committee are governors representing the six geopolitical zones.
“The Committee would be chaired by the Vice President who presided over the meeting attended by the Governors, FCT Minister, Central Bank Governor, Inspector General of Police, representatives from the Military, the Directorate of State Security, and the National Human Rights Commission.”