The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says Nigerians will start receiving the first disbursement of the Federal Government’s N500 billion intervention scheme from June 11. The minister said this at the inaugural Buharimeter Town hall meeting, organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), in Abuja on Thursday.
The Town hall meeting was organised to evaluate the one year of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Alh. Mohammed said the government would on Saturday open an internet portal named “npower.gov.ng’’ and start taking applications for the 500,000 direct teacher job scheme.
He said that other schemes in the social investment programme would be rolled out in the coming weeks. The schemes, according to the minister, included the conditional cash transfer that pays N5, 000 monthly to one million Nigerians and the micro-credit scheme for more than 1.5 million people.
He said the others were the home grown school feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million pupils and the education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), and education.
The Minister assured that while there was still much work to be done, the administration neither lacked the political will nor the discipline and the determination to fulfill its electoral promises and take Nigeria to greater heights.
“The Change we promised is real, and with the takeoff of our massive social intervention programmes in a few days, Nigerians will begin to feel the impact of the new order.”
Mohammed reiterated that the government had delivered on its three campaign mantra – to tackle insecurity, fight corruption and revamp the economy.
Director of CDD, Ms. Idayat Hassan, said the forum was to assess the Buhari administration based on its 221 campaign promises.
“The buharimeter is conceptualized to address the challenges of governance, civic participation and effective services delivery. The central focus of the initiative is to bridge the gap between the government and the promises and steps taken towards achieving them.”