The minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has on Tuesday, December 1, stirred up fresh controversy by saying that the All Progressives Congress, APC never promised to give unemployed Nigerians N5,000 monthly.
Speaking to members of the Nigeria’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the National Press centre in Abuja this morning, Lai Mohammed said the Muhammadu Buhari administration did not promise unemployed graduates N5, 000 stipends.
He said that in the next few days, the Administration ”will start firing from all cylinders, starting with the unveiling of the 2016 budget”.
”Nigerians will witness measurable and impactful progress in all spheres of governance. We shall not abandon our social intervention policies such as one meal a day for school children and the payment of 5,000 Naira each to vulnerable Nigerians. We are committed to lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
”This Government will not give excuses. The painstaking and methodical approach by the Buhari Administration, its deep analysis and understanding of the challenges and the recent inauguration of the cabinet will herald a new dawn,” he said.
Further information gathered says the minister of information emphasized that: “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”.