Lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has described Nigeria as a nation at war due to the rate of unemployment in the country.
She added that those in privileged positions must create opportunities for the youth to earn income.
Tinubu, who was a Special Guest, spoke on Saturday during a programme to boost small scale businesses and alleviate poverty in Ikeja Constituency II.
The programme, the sixth in the series, was organised by the member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Lola Akande, at Ojodu Local Council Development Area Secretariat.
Tinubu said, “Nigeria is a nation at war because of its army of unemployed youths that are despondent about their future.
“Initiatives, such as this, are germane to salvage Nigeria from the crises rocking its corporate existence.
“With initiatives of this nature, hopes can be rekindled among the masses and in our political system.”
Akande, who is the deputy Majority Leader of the House, said the programme was born out of her passion to uplift the people and eradicate poverty.
She said since her assumption of office in 2007, she had distributed equipment such as hair dryers, sewing machines, coolers, computers, generators, refrigerators, cookers as well as cash to her constituents.
The annual programme witnessed the distribution of cash prizes to support new businesses, cooperative society and ward development.
Among the beneficiaries and recipients of N20,000 each was a batch of trainees that had just acquired skills in making of shampoo, hair cream, disinfectant, and paints.
Twenty one widows collected N20,000 each, while ward chairmen, 20 youths, two local government chairmen, Action Congress of Nigeria women leaders also got cash gifts ranging from N10,000 to N65,000.
Deputy Speaker of Lagos Assembly and Chairman of the occasion, Taiwo Kolawole, further urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the benefits to encourage their elected representatives to do more.