‘Our promise to pay N5,000 is not in the 2015 budget’ – FG

The Federal Government has said that the 2015 budget does not contain the proposed plan to pay N5000 stipend to unemployed Nigerians.

The government said the payment of the monthly stipend will not take off until next year, due to a lack of provision for it in the present budget.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalong revealed this on Tuesday, while paying a condolence visit to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the national secretariat in Abuja.

Speaking to journalists, Dalong said: “I want the youths to understand that every promise must be backed up by budgetary provision and our promise to pay N5,000 is not contained in the 2015 budget. So, definitely, it is going to begin in 2016 as we have made budgetary allocations for that.

“We are committed to the campaign promises of creating jobs, providing wealth creation and combat poverty. We have embedded in our manifesto things that we are translating to reality.

“Some of the youth empowerment programmes that are ongoing, we are busy reviewing them to ensure that they are more viable and people oriented. We are also looking at the possibility of realigning some of them to our vision so that in the final analysis, it will add value to the people.”

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