The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said the All Progressives Congress (APC), led-Federal Government will not pay N5, 000 to unemployed graduates, rather vulnerable Nigerians. Mohammed at an interactive session with members of the country’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), at the National Press centre in Abuja, said:
“We did not promise 5,000 Naira to unemployed graduates but to vulnerable Nigerians.”
The N5, 000 to the unemployed and poor Nigerians was part of 81 campaign promises the APC promised during the campaigns in the 2015 general elections. It specifically states as follows:
“Creation of a Social Welfare Programme, SWP, of at least five thousand naira (N5,000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians upon demonstration of their children’s enrolment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability”.
Only last month, opposition senators of the PDP had raised a motion to compel the APC Federal Government to start implementing the campaign promise, but their counterparts of the ruling party used their numerical majority to quash the motion.
However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a function in November reiterated the intention of the Federal Government to implement it, while wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha, called on the APC Federal Government to pay the money as promised.
Also, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalong, on a condolence visit to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, disclosed that the N5,000 SWP stipend will be provided for in the 2016 federal budget, meaning that the payment will start next year.