The Minister of Finance , Budget and National Planning , Zainab Ahmed, on Saturday, said the Federal government has created a N 25 bn youth fund as part of efforts to address the dissatisfaction of # EndSARS protesters and other youth – related restiveness in the country.
The minister made this known at a stakeholders ’ meeting with the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State , Dr Hadiza Balarabe in Kaduna on Saturday.
According to Ahmed , the meeting was in line with the directive of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) to ministers and governors to dialogue with stakeholders and the youths with a view to addressing their agitations .
The minister , who explained that the youth fund would be increased to N 75 bn within a period of three years , explained that the fund aims to support youths to actualise their entrepreneurial aspirations and create job opportunities.
Also speaking , Balarabe said the essence of the meeting was to come up with ideas to tackle the security challenges caused by the # EndSARS protests .Balarabe commended the residents particularly , the youths for promoting peace and eschewing violence across the country .
There have been reported of widespread violence and arson in different parts of the country in the last one week as hoodlums hide under the guise of the #EndSARS protests against police brutality to raze and loot public and private assets in the country .