APC Campaign Promises: No Country Would Hand out Free Money_Dr Chris Ngige

So, it was a hoax after all. A trick to make those gullible and vulnerable citizens to believe in them  and their slogan for change. I remembered having a heated debate with an Igbo business guy in one restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium, on this issue just before the election. I told him then that there is no way any government in Nigeria could afford to give N5,000 to the unemployed without national database that would correctly state who is who in Nigeria. If not, every man in neighbouring countries would flock into Nigeria and claim to be Nigerian and unemployed. How would the government tell who is who? He told me to go to hell and now, I would like to have that very same debate with him all over again. Unfortunately, I may never run into him again, because it was a very random contact or run in. But I am sure wherever he is now, he may remember our heated debate on this and other issues bordering on APC and their election promises.  

N5,000 stipends: No country would give free money — Ngige

He said that no country would give free money, stressing that Nigeria would not be an exception.

Speaking to journalists yesterday at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, Ngige, however, revealed that the Federal Government would ensure that the youths were trained in various skills and programmes to justify the money.

He added that the project would also involve the state governments.

According to him, there will be categories of people, who would earn higher than the N5,000.

“We also have the programme on the commission cash transfer. Though even you, the press, has said it,  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. So, Nigeria would not be an exception.

“We will pay some people N5,000, we will pay some N10,000, and even for people in teacher conversion scheme, we will pay more than N10,000 and N15,000 as stipend while in training, and then after the training, they are going to be employed by state government 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.”

Ngige also stated that some of the programmes will “span through Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Labour.

“Agriculture, because we have some agricultural universities, we will convert some people to teach the relevant agricultural science.”

The minister who stated that Nigeria has various skill acquisition centers also underscored the importance of training the youth.

“The ministry has specialist skills acquisition centres; we have seven like that in the ministry under the commissioner of skills or directorate for skills.

“The NDE have over 120 centres scattered all over the country. We also have those that have been built by state government and we want to capture all of these into that scheme and then get people to the scheme to be bricklayers,  POP designers, builders, welders, electronics repairers and the one they called mecha-tronic, repair of vehicles, automobile carpentry, painting and fabrication of all sorts.”

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