Federal government has revealed that only hard working Nigerians who are unemployed would be paid the N5,000 stipend promised by the ruling All Progressives Congress during electioneering for 2015 presidential election.
This statement was made by the minister of labour and employment on Thursday, January 14 during a visit to the secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
Ngige explained to reporters that there is nowhere in the world where government would pay people for being lazy adding that Nigeria would not exception.
The minister pointed out that some people will get N5, 000, some will get N10, 000 and other will get
N15, 000 as they undergo training and after training they will be employed by both the federal and state governments.
He stressed that the programme will be jointly carried out in collaboration with some state governments.
Ngige said: “We won’t pay N5, 000 for people to be indolent. No country in the world would pay people to go home and sleep and collect cash.
“Some people would get N5,000; we will pay some N10,000, and even for people in teacher conversion scheme, we would get more than N10,000, N15,000 as stipend during training, and they are going to be employed by state governments and the federal government in different institutions.
“It is not a programme we shall run alone; the state governments are going to buy into it, they are going to synchronize with us, we are going to do it in synergy.
“So, we want to get back our youths, capture them, teach them to use their hands, and when they use their hands, they can earn money by employing themselves.
“If you get a bricklayer or a painter today, you cannot pay less than N5, 000 for a daily job. And if somebody is able to work 20 days in a month for N5, 000, he already has N100,000.
“But, it’s a sad story today. That is why Togolese, Ghannians, and people from Benin Republic, Niger Republic, are the ones who do all these skilled job for us.”