Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari over his stance on the N5,000 monthly stipend campaign promise to unemployed graduates.
While Buhari said he had different priority as far as the monthly stipend was concerned, the Presidency on Monday night insisted that the N5,000 promised for the vulnerable and poor Nigerians, still stands.
The president’s comment, which was made in faraway Saudi Arabia when he addressed the Nigerian community in that country, has received mixed feelings with Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State condemning the All Progressives Congress-led federal government for going back on most of the campaign promises it made to Nigerians.
But speaking with State House correspondents on Tuesday shortly after he met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Okorocha, who doubles as Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, said that the promise will be implemented one way or the other.
He said: “Well you see to be honest with you it is a great idea, but there are many ways to give that support, sometimes it could be in cash which has its own challenges. Handling of that is also in itself a wonderful and great idea.
“Take for instance, in Imo State now I have introduced what is called empowerment, they buy motor cycles and give people N5,000 or N 10,000, for me that is not my style. My style is to declare free education, from primary, secondary to university; nobody pays one Naira in Imo state.
“The very poor people who have to ensure a lot of social inconveniences to pay school fees are no longer dong that, what has happened is that he has saved that money to produce further wealth, so if you keep money through that system, it creates more impact than physical cash.
“Physical cash sometimes creates more problems, so it is great idea, we have to do it one way or the other as time comes”.
The governor also supported President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, stressing that any money stolen out of the treasury will always have adverse effect on development of infrastructure in the country.