Buhari Never Promised Unemployed Youths N5,000 Stipends- Presidency

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised to pay N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed graduates.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said this in an interview
last night.
According to Akande, the N5, 000 monthly stipend provided for in the 2016 budget is for one million vulnerable Nigerians and the extremely poor.
“The 2016 budget submitted to the National Assembly has made an allocation of N500bn; the first time in the history of this country’s budget where you’ve that huge chunk of money allocated for social investment. In that N500bn, close to about 20% of the entire budget, there are six social safety net programmes. One of them is the conditional cash transfer where the government is going to pay N5, 000 monthly to the vulnerable and extremely poor Nigerians. That promise stands.
“The president never promised to pay unemployed graduates N5000; the president never made that promise, and the government never made that claim that it’ll pay N5, 000 to unemployed graduates,” he stated.
He said the programme for unemployed graduates was the direct creation of 500,000 teaching jobs for which they would be trained and deployed to schools, assuring that “That still stands.”
Akande clarified that: “In addition to that, there is also a scheme to train 370, 000 non-graduate youths for skill acquisition and vocational training. During the time of that training, they’ll also be paid. So, the president did not say that he’d be giving unemployed graduates N5, 000.”

Credit: dailytrust