#EndSARS: Economic Council committee to engage youths, others

The ad-hoc committee of the National Economic Council, NEC, set up at an emergency meeting of the council last week will engage the youth, civil society organisations and different strands of leadership across Nigeria.

At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday the Committee decided to promptly embark on a two-pronged engagement process at zonal and State levels.

Spokesman to the vice president, Laolu Akande stated this in a release after the meeting.

He said: “For the State-based engagements, each of the 36 State Governors and FCT Minister would meet with the leadership and representatives of the identified groups in their States. This would then be immediately followed by zonal interactions where the Vice President and members of the Committee would feature.

“The engagements will not only include youth groups but also traditional, religious and political leaders. Civil society groups would also be involved as well as opinion moulders like the media.”

Akande said that the committee decided to engage with the security agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States and to recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity.

The committee would also develop a framework for the coordination of action steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments in response to the fundamental issues underlying the EndSARs Protests; co-opt and or invite any individual or Corporate body that may facilitate the work of the Committee; and report to Council with such recommendations as may be considered appropriate.

Akande said the interactions would feature issues around employment, social safety nets and national unity and security of lives and properties among others.

Tuesdays virtual meeting was attended by all governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.

It would be recalled that last Thursday after more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council, it was resolved that the deeper reasons behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallout should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.

The Ad-hoc committee, chaired by Vice President Osinbajo, has Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sokoto State representing Northwest, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno State,  representing Northeast and Abubakar Sani Bello  of Niger State, representing Northcentral as members.

Other members are Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State,  representing Southwest; Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, representing Southeast and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, representing Southsouth.



Source: Voice of Nigeria