Speaking at the National Press centre in Abuja this morning, in an interactive session with members of the Nigeria’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, mentioned that the Buhari administration did not promise unemployed graduates N5, 000 stipends. According to him
“We did not promise 5,000 naira to unemployed graduates but to vulnerable Nigerians.”
This is not the first time APC has said that they will fulfill their N5,000 promise, but this time the recipients were well-defined. The All Progressives Congress (APC) guaranteed Nigerians that it will not fail to honor the promise it made during campaign about paying N5,000 each to 25 million unemployed Nigerians. And the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed also guaranteed last month in Abuja, that the party will not default on its promises.
According to APC, it had designed inventive ways to make its electioneering promises come alive, which include payment of social security allowance to the unemployed which they have now defined to mean the ‘vulnerable unemployed’. Also, the party revealed that a 2.5 billion dollar (about N495 billion) Infrastructure Fund was set aside for a programme to improve roads, railway and power. Based on the statement of the party,
“The non-implementation of the payment policy so far is due to the fact that it was not included in the 2015 budget,
“The Muhammadu Buhari administration has been busy putting in place measures that will make it possible to start the implementation of this project.
“Such measures include the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA)
“We are happy to inform Nigerians that as at the end of September, 2015, over N1.4 trillion which hitherto was lying unproductive in various commercial banks has been recovered,” it said, adding that the money had been lodged in the TSA.
The statement said that the present administration was poised to embark on a massive infrastructure renewal programme.
“The Buhari administration is poised to lift millions of Nigerians out of extreme poverty by providing social protection and safety nets,”