Senator Andrew Uchendu has advised his colleagues at the upper chambers to sell three of five vehicles they each own and use the proceeds to engage the youth.
Uchendu, who represents Rivers East on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), was speaking on a motion moved by Senator Shehu Sani on Thursday on the killing of a Briton and her Nigerian partner in Kajuru, Kaduna State.
He said: “Until our youth are engaged, this problem will continue. If we dispose of three of the five vehicles we own and use the proceeds to engage our youth, would it not be better? We need to find appropriate economic policies to engage idle hands.”
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha of Taraba South suggested that the nation must re-examine the possibility of having a state-operated police.
“The long-term effects will be catastrophic. I want to suggest that the issue of state police be looked into; we need to create a synergy between the state police and vigilante and locals of these states. It will dramatically reduce the menace.
“We need massive military deployment to these flash points. We also need to come up with capital punishments for these crimes,” he said.
Senate president Bukola Saraki said he was even more saddened that the Briton, Faye Mooney, had worked in dangerous situations in Iraq and Kosovo before she came to Nigeria.
Among other resolutions made, the Senate said it would summon acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to brief the upper chambers on plans to end insecurity in the country.