The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said the payment of the N5,000 stipend to the unemployed Nigerian youths will commence next year.
This was revealed by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong, when he went to commiserate with the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party national secretariat in Abuja over the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the late governorship candidate of the party in the Kogi inconclusive election.
Dalong, who said that the payment could not take off immediately because it was not included in the 2015 budget, assured that the APC’s government would go beyond its promises by ensuring the creation of more jobs.
He said, “I would want the youths to understand that every promise must be backed up by budgetary provision and our promise to pay N5000 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.
“We are busy reviewing some of the youth empowerment programmes that are ongoing, 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 can add value to the people.”