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Senate Rejects Proposal to Pay Unemployed Nigerian Youth N5,000 Monthly





The Senate on Wednesday rejected a motion for the payment of N5, 000 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the country.

The motion was sponsored by Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT) but was greeted with shouts of “no, no” when he tried to explain it.

Attempts by the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, to second the motion were disrupted by the rowdiness.

Intervening, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, posed the question but the senators responded along party lines.

While Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members yelled ‘’aye’’ in favour of the motion, All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, who were in majority, rejected it.

However, a motion calling for the probe of the utilisation of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds by the immediate past administration was adopted by the senators.

The sponsor of the motion, Babajide Omoworare, prayed that every Naira spent by the past government on SURE-P and other poverty alleviation programmes should be accounted for.

When the president of the Senate put the question, it was supported with a loud “aye” from the APC wing of the chamber, with no dissenting voice from the PDP side.

In his remarks, Saraki urged the senators to take the issue of unemployment very seriously and not play politics with it.

“We should stay above party line on this issue that is so important. We have seen growth in the last years but this has not translated to employment. Government alone cannot do it; the private sector has a role to play and the enabling environment must be created,” he said.

PDP leaders have lately called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC to fulfill their campaign promise of paying N5, 000 to unemployed Nigerian youth.

The motion on Wednesday is believed to have been part of that call.

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  1. Ebere

    November 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I see no reason why “allowi” should not be increased. These Patriotic Nigerian students are serving Nigeria in some uncomfortable places for one year, so the least Nigeria can do is to pay them well. Some parents have been waiting for their children to graduate and take care of them while some students are taking care of their younger ones.Therefore these Senators should compensate these kids real good…..

  2. Ephi

    November 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Of course they will reject it when their priority is the one that will enter their pockets. Bunch of buffoons.

    • kila

      November 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Sure they will reject the notion, very selfish and greedy people. It is just very unfortunate. There is absolutely nothing wrong in giving unemployed youths a paltry sum of 5000. Do you know what some of these people go through when trying to get jobs? The non existent money they have goes into transportation in their quest to find a job. Even the Uk. Give benefits to their unemployed, so why cant they?

  3. Cindy

    November 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

    So they don’t want the national cake to reach those that actually need it abi? Buhari you promised o……we are waiting?

  4. Ada Ada

    November 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I honestly do not think that this is what the unemployed Nigerian youths need at this time. The focus should be on creating an enabling socio-economic environment that will attract investors ad create the much needed employment for these youths. On another blog people were cursing the senators for rejecting this proposal. How much value can N5,000 add to the life of a Nigerian in our current economy? Why clamor for crumbs when you can get a whole loaf? Nigerian youths should not let hunger becloud their sense of reasoning. N5,000???

    • mz_daniels

      November 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      But they promised.

    • Nne

      November 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Because you are in a fortunate position you have the audacity to say what is mere N5,ooo. Whilst I totally understand where you are coming from and true that the governments long term goal is to improve the socio economic situation do not look down on what a little can do.

      N5,000 can pay for internet to job search , you can add it to the little you have to do something else, you can even start a small mama put eatery if you add something.

      Anyways the main issue here is the hypocrisy of the APC….and no i am not a pdp supporter either

      Nigerian politics is just a show of clowns

    • Ada Ada

      November 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Nne you have a valid point and I’m not being insensitive to the plight of the average unemployed Nigerian youth. But we need to be realistic. If the federal government pays this N5,000, they might end up not doing much in terms of sustainable developmental projects and we are in dire need of those. We all know that politicians hardly keep their campaign promises and to be candid not many people voted in APC because of this N5000 promise. Nigerians were hungry for a change. We were tired of PDP. Someday in the distant future, unemployed people would get an allowance from the government like it’s done in the organized economies. For now we need the economy fixed. In our current economy, N5000 is nothing.

    • Celeste

      November 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Buhari promised, so he should keep his promise. Change indeed, we (Nigerians) have really entered one chance!

  5. Naija Gym

    November 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Shebi, Buhari made all those promises of providing employment and 5000 bucks for the umemployed youths because he felt nigerians are gullible.. i Hope they can make those promises in 2019 and expect votes… Selfish a**holes

  6. sass

    November 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    hahaha change is here. The same APC that promised the youths 5K is the one now rejecting it. lmao. APC just scammed Nigerians and they fell for it.

  7. Fashionista

    November 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    How wont they reject it, barawos! 5k is even way too little self, how far will that go?! I think an allowance is a good idea, while they continue to strive to improve the socio-economic state of the country.

  8. olufunmi

    November 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Ada ada love u for dat piece

  9. mrs chidukane

    November 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I am against the allowance because I know that one Oga somewhere will hi jack it and turn it to his money spinner. Aside that, the 5k will hardly make any difference though it will help some people. Then again, how will it be paid? How will the unemployed youth be verified? The modalities will be killing. They should invest the money into job creation and youth development.

    • Anon

      November 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Your commenting shows how ignorant you are. So a promise made should not be kept cause someone might hijack the funds? Bihari made a promise and should keep it. It is equally his responsibility to choose people with high moral character to ensure its success. No excuse. Please.

    • Dee

      November 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      You are on point ma! You sooo make sense..

  10. Beeeee

    November 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    LMAO!!! Nene+ where are you o….come and see your friends. Now people are trying to rationalise why the money should not be paid. I know several people who voted naively because of some of these promises and look at how they are paying them. Are they also going to scrap the promises made to Youth Corpers as well? What else is going to happen? It’s not even about. what N5000 can do for people (it can do a lot for some families, trust me) or whether it will make some people lazy. . The fact is that these people paraded themselves as voltrons of integrity and got votes based on these promises. No one is a saint but they carried themselves as saints, talking about “PDP destroyed the country for 16 years”. With the amount of PDP people in top positions in APC now, we might as well say “APC destroyed Nigeria for 16 years”. SMDH mehn. If it were PDP that rejected this proposal now, we would have over 100 comments by now. PDP is agreeing to help APC fulfil their promises and now people are calling PDP the bad guys, “why didnt you guys do it in Jonathan’s time” …..Jonathan did not promise anyone money, Buhari, Mr. Integrity did.


      November 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      I wish I can love your comment 1m times you nailed it, of course it is well established that APC and its government are evil, scammers!!

    • nene+

      November 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Have been busy, never the less I have sniggered at the victims of change!

      How can an achaic man promise you change and people fell for it??? A man who may only know how to operate Nokia 33 10 change my life in 2015???? I can’t be foolish and I am too smart to be mad!!!! An economic disaster who had 150 cows for 73 years,scanty sky bank shares, one inactive account in Afribank?

      No tractor is in motion, no development is going on save in Abia, Cross River and PDP states. Suddenly sai barbarians and peeping through the window! Mrs chidukane now knows it’s not feasible???? What a shame for some one who was excited that help will come through free school lunch is now rationalising?

      My prayers is may the badluck buhari brings will not get to my family. Buhari is a disaster!!!

      Rochas is ruling alone without commissioner in Imo, Abode just assembled his own and the antique are still enjoying retreat in Abuja with 50% of nominees who do not pay tax??after half a year? Only God knows when he’ll name them. No sense of urgency! Bakwomi mentality.
      Sorry Nigerians, your 5k and free food has been trashed!
      Some naked warriors will blame Deziani and cowardly avoid Abacha, IBB, Atiku,Aisha, Sylvia,Amaechi,Fayemi, Fashola aka 400 million per pedestrian bridge after this post.

    • mrs chidukane

      November 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Nene plus, I am not a voltron. I have a brain and I use it as I choose. I didn’t vote for apc because of 5k and free school lunch that my children will never eat. I voted them because I was tired of GEJ and his thieving and squandering ways. I know this 5k is not feasible because of lack of proper record keeping amongst other factors which I will not bother to type. I will simply tell you to ask pensioners how easy it is for them to collect their entitlements. So please leave me alone abeg. I live in the SE and I’m wondering the work going on there that has stopped.

    • nnenne

      November 6, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Politicians, be careful what you promise because you may just win the election and promises must be kept. Otherwise you will become a liar. credibility, no integrity.

      Fellow Nigerians, lessons learned, I believe.
      When politicians make promises use your brain. If it doesn’t add up, don’t fall for it.

      For all those who wanted change , what are you charging? Next time ask your king makers what they are changing. A borderline wife with a bad wife? Change should be for the better.
      nene+ …not all of us were fooled. Many saw it coming.


    November 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    The APC led Govt promised a lot and one of them is the provision of stipends/allowance to all unemployed undergraduates and some other stuffs…

    Why would you defend them? They made to promises initially; and the truth is that the allowance of the senators representing each senatorial region can pay this stipends.

    I pray they live up to expectation!

    NB: I can still see some of their election poster and banners at my bus stops.

    • nnenne

      November 6, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Do you realize the number of unemployed people in Nigeria? I doubt it.
      Do we even have proper record keeping.
      APC just scammed some gullible Nigerians.


    November 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    *graduates (unemployed graduates)

  13. nunulicious

    November 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    In my opinion, welfare/allowance for able bodied, healthy YOUNG individuals does not benefit anyone, not in the long run anyway. I’d rather we give our older adults who are the sick elderly people money. My concern is also that N5000 reinforces the thought that ‘government should come and help us’ ‘or sister please help me.’ I also dread to think of the young people in the north queuing up monthly for handouts. chai!

    2. I personally applaud the call for the review and probe into the SURE-P program. It is about time we have continuity of government policies regardless of the party in power. (What happened to YOU-WIN by the way?)

    3. In an Ideal scenario, SURE-P would be reviewed and fine tuned such that we can fix the loopholes in it and expand it to accommodate the so called N5000 stipend. This way, it can be a win-win scenario for everyone concerned

    But what do I know? I’m just an ordinary citizen.

  14. Mamacita

    November 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Can Phillip Aduda do anything right other than “eat” until he tips the scale. Does he think it is at this 11th hour of FCT elections he can campaign for votes using this strategy.

    What have you been doing in the FCT in the last 12 years as a senator that you need to do in the next 4 years? I suggest you pack your bags and go back to your village. Please stop deluding yourself that the FCT belongs to the gwari people. There is no such thing as an “indigene” of the FCT.

    Bella please post

  15. Anita

    November 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    You guys are talking of promises, what of the feeding of school children. They promised to feed school children , one meal per day. In Lagos here the banners were everywhere even on the body of BRT buses. All the promises don drown for Lagoon. God dey.

  16. dtruth

    November 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Some of you do not understand governance , finance and economics…No govt on earth fullfills all its given promises to its citizenry. Not even the great US of A . That being said , it’s also important to understand how governance works..a bill or notion is passed and if you don’t get majority , it cannot become law . So basically the attempt to pay unemployed graduates were made but majority did not agree. What you guys need to find out is who the senators who voted against the notion were . Keep in mind the Senate is led by PDP( Saraki) So to start blaming APC, Buhari shows naivety and lack of understanding in governance….Secondly ,I am not APC or PDP just D truth and the truth is your president have said it ….The country is broke….Nigeria’s income is derived mainly from oil (atleast 80%) so when a new government meets deficits, empty treasury, unbalanced budgets, and with low oil prices (where income is generated) it becomes almost impossible to take on new projects or expenses. Keep in mind that the Federal Government had to lend money to abt 27 states to pay salaries.( Money meant for other projects) This should not have happened. Governors of those failed states should be tried. They are entirely responsible for salaries in their states not the FG as they got their Fedearl allocations . Besides what do 9ja governors do? Do any of them create income from their states?No, all they do is wait for the federal cake to share among their families and concubines. Most of them own private jets, their children celebrated on social media for spending our common wealth and yet ppl want to ignore these facts to take a shot @ Buhari….
    Finally what is even the point of paying Nigerian graduates stipend when they can’t even spell or define their area of study? Why fund uneducated graduates to create a culture of entitlement in a society that already encourages laziness, lack of hard work and over night /instant billionaires from corruption? This to me is a mere distraction to the main issues affecting Nigeria…Nigerian youths are shallow too and all they want is material things and instagram fame or to become music artists….Just the other day in Romania there was a fire outburst in a night club that forced the youth of that region and the country to stage large protest and the result was the present government agreeing to resign and hand over for peace..power is in the hands of the ppl, when the Nigerian youth realize this, then these old men will quit gambling with their lives…If you can’t take it anymore , all man take to the streets..How many senators does NIgeria have ? How many youths are unemployed? Rememember the customs exam? Ok…when that large # of youths take to the streets continuously in a week with international media attention tell me if the God forsaken Nigeria govt will not sit up? That’s how its done…not online..Ka odinu

    • which truth?

      November 5, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Didn’t read your epistle to completion… the point you seem to have missed is that it was APC who promised this allowance. The PDP senators then raised the motion to “help” APC fulfil their campaign promises and the APC senators shut it down. In governance it is the opposition who shuts down motions to fulfill campaign promises, NOT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PROMISED IT!!!

    • mrs chidukane

      November 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      You spoke my mind as well @dtruth. I want the school lunches though.

  17. olamide

    November 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I just dey read comments. Nawa for for some people oo. They just lack manners.

  18. Celeste

    November 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Buhari promised, so he should keep his promise. Later he (PMB) will say he won’t lie to Nigerians but that’s what he has been doing since campaign till now. Change indeed, we (Nigerians) have really entered one chance!

    • Ello Bae

      November 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      If anyone voted for Buhari just because of the promises he made, then guess what! You are on a long thing.

  19. Reverse

    November 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Where’s Ada Nnewi… she’s since disappeared from political commentary! All ye gullibles are here now defending APCS lack of integrity, yet many who argued they couldn’t keep those promises were insulted and branded corrupt here. FYI, the corruption is still going at full throttle, difference is the beneficiaries are different! #ChangemyFoot

  20. pastorpikin

    November 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    so a celestial chu in my area re-brands it self to a fiery fire praying pentecostal chu. same pple, same mode of worship, jus different name and dey don’t wear the white garment again. hmmmm, dats change na.

  21. Flo

    November 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Why cant they pay unemployed youth 5K a month? They would rather go home with billions that help the average Nigerian! Rubbish Senate!

  22. ACE

    November 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I laugh out loud in IBO language ! Change is here!!! We just started with lies.

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