The federal government has confirmed that the payment of N5000 promised 25 million poorest Nigerians during the electioneering campaign will begin early next year.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalong revealed this on Wednesday in Abuja, during a courtesy visit on the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, 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, in an interview with newsmen said APC government had it in mind to fulfill all the campaign promises made to Nigerians during last elections.
“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, 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 to 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 so 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 stakeholder’s summit so that we can reason together so that we can grow their confidence in order for them to benefit from these laudable ideas”.
Responding earlier, the national chairman of APC, Chief Oyegun, expressed happiness over the appointment of Dalong as Youth and Sports minister, saying his past performances in public offices gave him confidence that the minister will deliver on the premises of change.

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