President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that he may not pay the N5,000 he promised unemployed youths during his electioneering campaign.
All Progressives Congress (APC), had made it one of its campaign strategies in its effort to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan’s government that if elected into power, APC Federal Government would pay N5,000 monthly stipend to unexployed youths across the country.
But, Buhari who dropped this hint in Qatar during an interactive session said he has a different view from the proposed monthly stipend.
He noted rather than give out the money to those not working he would preffer to use the money to build infrastructure, develop key sectors of the nation’s economy so as to create employment and people could get employed.
“This largesse: N5,000 for the unemployed, I have got a slightly different priority.
“I would rather do the infrastructure, the school and correct them and empower agriculture, mining so that every able-bodied person can go and get work instead of giving N5,000 to those who don’t work,” Buhari declared.
Many will see this as policy reversal especially as many government officials had indicated that the programme has already been incorporated into the 2016 budget.