In fulfilling its promise to pay N5,000 monthly allowance to 25 million unemployed youths in the country,the Federal Government says 2016 will be the take-off date.
You will recall that the All Progressives Congress, which defeated the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 presidential election, had promised during its campaign that if electedinto the presidency, it would pay N5,000 monthly to 25 million jobless youths as well as introduce a free school feeding programme.
Sources reveal that the Federal Government has commenced plans to start the payment of the allowance while it had also taken steps to capture the free school feeding programme in the 2016 budget.
The source said, “You know that if the scheme is left open-ended, even Nigerians, who are employed and are by no means vulnerable, will still struggle to benefit from it.
You also know that if not properly handled, politicians will hijack the scheme and it will become a means of settling their constituents, whether they qualify to benefit from it or not.
This is why the government will come up with data on the beneficiaries very soon.”