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1 million poor Nigerians set to get Buhari’s ₦5,000 each

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nigerian-slumThere are no online applications required for the very poor Nigerians for whom the monthly ₦5,000 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of the Buhari Social Investment programmes are designed for.

This clarification was made today by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media in the Office of the Vice President in a chat with the press.

He was responding to questions arising from what he described as some misleading reports in the media regarding the implementation of the ₦500B Social Investment Programmes of the Buhari administration.

The said media reports are based on a recent debate and resolution on a motion in the Senate, titled “The Need to Avoid the Mismanagement of the ₦500B Social Intervention Funds.”

“While we understand the need for an ongoing public discussion of this unprecedented budgetary allocation in favor of the Nigerian people especially the poorest and the most vulnerable, it is not correct to claim any form of mismanagement or marginalization whatsoever,” he said.

“There has not been any disbursement from the allocated fund not to talk of any kind of mismanagement at all. While it is true that funds are being released for the social investment programmes, it is rather preposterous for now to say there is no evidence where the funds have gone to. As an administration noted for its transparency, we intend to fully keep Nigerians posted of all financial expenditure in line with extant laws of the country.”

The Presidential spokesperson explained that “of the series of social investment programmes we have outlined, only the job creation scheme-N-Power requires an online registration from unemployed graduates and non-graduate youths.”

He noted that the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, which would pay N5000 monthly to the most vulnerable and the poorest Nigerians-a total of one million in the first year –“no online registration of any kind is required,” Akande asserted.

Justifying the requirement for online registration for the hiring of 500,000 unemployed graduates, Akande said “it is important to explain, again, for the benefit of clarity, that the requirement for online application for the N-Power job scheme makes absolute sense considering that all together the Federal Government is planning to hire half a million unemployed Nigerian graduates.”

According to him, “we are all witnesses to the calamity that occurred in the past when a manual effort was made to hire large number of Nigerian youths. It led to needless deaths and outright chaos.”

Continuing the spokesperson stated that “asking university graduates, for instance, to apply online is not such a cumbersome or unattainable requirement considering that JAMB, NECO, WAEC applications have all been done online for a while now in this country.”

He said “what online applications do is to afford us as a government an efficient and effective means to process the applications and select the graduates and non-graduate youths for the N-Power job and training programmes.”

On the claim that Borno State is not online and therefore the N-Power process discriminates against people in the state for whom the programmes are designed, Akande said such a claim “simply flies in the face of the fact. Almost 15,000 Nigerians from Borno State applied in the first application series of N-Power schemes online.”

According to him “it is also not tenable to argue that people in Maiduguri for instance which today plays hosts to tonnes of international NGOs cannot apply online or are denied internet access.”

He added that in states like Enugu there were over 20,000 applications online for N-Power, disclosing that states with the lowest numbers like Zamfara and Bayelsa had over 6,000 and 7,000 applications respectively.

Continuing he said “in any case we are aware that in several parts of the country, there are reported instances where local leaders of goodwill ensured that the people-unemployed graduates and youths- who did not readily have access to the internet were adequately taken care of in different ways including creating online registration points and outlets.”

He disclosed that the selection process for the first batch of 200,000 Nigerians to be engaged in the N-Power process has now been completed, and that their official engagement is now awaiting the completion of BVN verification so that they would be paid directly.

Asked how the selection was done, Akande said “Presidency officials collaborated actively with the Ministries of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Health and other government agencies all through the process. There were no foreign consultants involved, nor is one needed.” He further explained that to make up the selection of the first 200,000, there were three criteria thus: 40% selected based on the number of applications per state, a special mark-up for the 6 states of the Northeast and a discretionary addition for states with low numbers of applicants.

Asked to comment on the comparison of the Buhari Social Investment with the failed SURE-P, Akande argued that the Buhari Presidency has made “very diligent and transparent efforts to ensure that the Social Investment Programmes do not repeat the errors of the past, and the attempt therefore to hurriedly compare the programmes with failed efforts of the past, like SURE-P, even at this early stage is simply baseless.”

According to him, the Buhari Presidency conceived the Social Investments Programmes as a means to effectively and efficiently touch the lives of Nigerians, especially the unemployed and the poorest, and “we have designed a full-proof process that will ensure that the goods are delivered. There would not be any middle-men and the payments to be made to the N-Power candidates, the monthly ₦5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable among others would be paid directly to them.”

He stated that “if and when clarifications are required on the programmes, we would be very much willing to supply them in order to avoid such misleading and unprofitable confusion of issues that has taken place in the media on this matter recently.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

12 Comments

  1. Weezy

    November 3, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    This is actually a good thing in principle. However there would need to be controls to ensure that there is little to no fraud.

  2. tunmi

    November 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    BN this is the most comprehensive report I have read on your blog. Thanks to NAN and to you guys. ??????????
    I really hope they register those people as well. Heck, this could be the initial stage of some social welfare plan and the govt would actually be able to have the names and addresses (sort of).

  3. Nothingbutthetruth

    November 3, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    No registration = massive loophole for misappropriation of funds. There will be ghost poor people because those looters at the top can create a list of non existent poor people allocation 10 million. Why don’t they use the initiative to build a database. Sometimes it appears that we make a conscious effort to deter our progress in this country through shoddy approaches like this.

  4. Open Eye.

    November 3, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Towards 2019.

  5. nene

    November 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    what the hell is 5000 naira? have these people been to the market? everyhting is so expensive. for a third world country, nigeria is freaking expensive, even for foreigners earning dollars. i dont know how nigerians survive earning 20k. its no surprise why they steal and don’t work well. things are very expensive. 5000 will not last for a week for anybody

    • Vee

      November 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Exactly my thoughts,I doubt anyone can survive on that amount for a week

  6. Emma

    November 4, 2016 at 8:04 am

    There are more that 1 million poor Nigerians. What are the remaining millions of Nigerians who are living in abject poverty going to do since they’re not going to get the so called 5k and there are no job opportunities? These people obviously don’t think. We have so many law makers with Ivy league and so many secondary degrees yet they can’t think of ways to eradicate poverty from the country. what a shame

  7. Love

    November 4, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Y not use dis five thousand naira collectively to provide basic amenities that will encourage investment in dis country nd help provide jobs for dis poor people. If people hv constant water nd light, dey spend less money on this amenities nd r able to save. This government is so stupid

  8. Mo'Diva

    November 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    One million ke? From my local government alone we can get close to one million poor people, Alimosho LG. Anyways, nice initiative

    #homewares?? sigoja.com

  9. Suga

    November 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    @love I agree with you 101 percent and to think that some people here are praising them is really surprising . What is the present value of N5000? Why can’t they invest that money in something that would benefit every Nigeria including the poor overtime like free medical, electricity which value will be worth more than N5000. Tell me how this country will really be developed with this kind of initiative. Our problems are that nothing works in this country and no job for the able bodied. Even these poor people have children but there is no job for their children to take care of their parents. So this temporal and insufficient offer by this blind government is a waste and a way for them to syphon more money. No wonder they keep borrowing with no investment for the future and nothing on ground to show for it. I do not blame our wicked politicians they know that an average Nigerian is financially and psychologically vulnerable. Let them continue to fool and enrich themselves. Why didn’t Buhari give them or their children jobs like he gave his family and friends at CBN? Or why didn’t he give his family N5000 each instead of the job? My people this is just common sense. N5000 my Foot!

  10. Victor Toks

    November 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Well,this is good news for Nigerian citizens but it’s not going to help reduce the problems of thousands of thousands of thousands of people living below the poverty level.Nigerian government needs to crackdown on all illegal mismanagement of billions of dollars.Courrpton is the backbone of our economic problems,we need empowerment programmes,private Investment,skills training schemes to teach people in needed trades like carpenters,Car manufacturers,painter’s,engineering,builder’s Make up.artists,enterperuers,highly skilled industrial needed skills that will transform and drive our industries.All this is peanuts,hand outs .How much can#5000 last for a person in the current economic situation in Nigeria.We need to emulate how the Advanced countries are doo good things ,learn good things from them and make use of them.See Countries who have 30%resources or nothing but have developed massively in the World.Nigerian government needs to wake up!!!

  11. FinchleysFinest

    November 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Until I see some sort of “Social Security Number concept” or National Insurance Number concept so everyone is registered properly…then this is just another way to keep money in their foreign accounts….

    I am done with Nigerian Politics …

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