Abuja – (NAN) The Federal Government has been called upon to create more jobs and the enabling environment for small scale businesses to thrive so that insecurity would not be a threat in the country.
Dr Yunusa Tanko, the National Secretary of National Conscience Party (NCP), said this in Abuja on Friday in reaction to the 2012 budget as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said rather than spend N921.91billion on security; some of the money should be diverted to job creation.
Tanko said that if jobs were created along with the enabling environment for small scale businesses to thrive, insecurity would not be a threat.
“What you need to do is to diversify that money to what is of interest to the people and that will automatically provide security for them.’’
Tanko added that the youths were the most vulnerable in the society and more prone to violence which causes insecurity.
“The money that they want to use on security should have been redirected to provision of jobs and other social amenities for the common man so that they will have trust in the government.
“Look at what their problem is, provide succour and take care of their problems and they will help in securing the nation.’’
On his part, Chief Charles Nwodo, the National Chairman of the Progressive Action Congress (PAC), said the budget was beautifully powered with policies on agriculture.
“But we have reservations in the inability to include oil subsidy and the capital budget where only 28% was proposed for infrastructure.
“If Rwanda is pulling world investment because of her laudable infrastructure, then Nigeria, the sixth largest producer of oil, should devote at least 40% to infrastructure. ”