Let’s sell our cars and use the proceeds to engage youths – Senator Uchendu

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River state senator, Andrew Uchedu, has urged his colleagues to sell some of their cars and use the proceeds to empower the Nigerian youths.

His statement came in a time when most Nigerian are into and have normalize crime, especially internet crimes. It is no secret that the rate of crime is at an all time high due to the increase in the number of unemployed Nigerian youth.

According to him if their cars are sold and the proceeds used to empower the youths, it would reduce the crime rate in the country. He said this on Thursday at the senate house when he was making his contributions to a debate on the increasing levels of insecurity in the country. Uchedu said unemployment was fueling insecurity.

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He said:

“We own three,four,five vehicles and I’m sure we can do much better with two. Our contemporaries in US, do they own four vehicles on the road?

If we dispose of our two vehicles and use the proceeds to set up a small industry, wouldn’t we be engaging five youths – we will be taking more than five million youths from the highway.

Who are the key drivers of this process, these killings, the youths. They have two vital assets, time and energy. Until our youths are a engaged, Mr President, this problem will continue”

The river state senator made so much sense that the official twitter handle of the Nigerian senate, posted his words on the social media account.

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I agree with him, if only they would actually serve the country in selflessness, we will have a far better country than what we have now. One small step towards fighting and ending corruption.

The lingering question remains, what is the justification for the number of vehicles the senators have at their disposal? Official state vehicles needed for what purpose? This is just one area i believe there is overspending by the Government.

Sighting Britain as an example, the MPs, lords and parliamentarians do not have official cars; maybe a few of them do. The vast majority ride taxis, trains and bikes to work. The former Major of London Boris Johnson served his entire term in office riding his bicycle to work everyday.  This is not just a saving on cost but also saving the environment.

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In a system where you have checks and balances, where every tax payer penny spent must be justified, corruption tends to be minimal if not entirely eradicated.

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