FG To Begin Payment Of N5000 To Indigent Youths Next Year – Minister

The federal government has confirmed that it will commence the payment of N5,000 it promised indigent Nigerian youths during the electioneering campaign early next year.

This was revealed by the minister of youths and sports, Mr Solomon Dalong, during a courtesy visit to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The minister’s visit was to commiserate with the party on the demise of Prince Abubakar Audu, who was the party’s governorship candidate in Kogi’s inconclusive election.

Dalong said in an interview with newsmen that the APC government has it in mind to fulfill all the campaign promises made to Nigerians in the last elections.

He said, “I would 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”.

He added, “We are committed to the campaign promises of creating jobs, providing wealth creation and combating 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 with our vision so that in the final analysis, it can add value to the people”.

The minister also said that Nigerian youths need reorientation having been frustrated for too long.

“They have lost confidence in the system and we need to build that back. In not too long a time, I will be hosting a stakeholders’ summit so that we can reason together, so that we can grow their confidence in order for them to benefit from these laudable ideas”, he stated.

Responding, the national chairman of APC, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, expressed happiness with the appointment of Dalong as Youth and Sports minister, saying his past performances in public offices gave him confidence that the minister would deliver on the premises of change.