This would be cheering news to unemployed Nigerians as the federal government has concluded plans to commence payment of N5, 000 stipends.
The government explained that the initial delay in the commencement of the payment was because it was not captured in the 2015 budget promising that it will be included in the 2016 budget.
This disclosure was made by the minister of youth and sports, Barr. Solomon Darlong when he visited the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Darlong noted that arrangement for the payment will take effect from 2016.
He told newsmen that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will fulfill every of his campaign promises including payment of N5, 000 stipends to unemployed Nigerians.
The minister 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.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray Bruce representing Bayelsa state at the National Assembly had reportedly explained to Buhari how he can effectively pay the N5,000 he promised to pay unemployed Nigerians.