The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration has said it would begin to pay N5,000 monthly allowance to 25 million unemployed youths in the country by 2016.
Despite the rejection of the motion to compel the APC government to fulfill the campaign promise in the Senate, the Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced plans to start the payment of the allowance while taking simultaneous steps to enlist the free school feeding programme in the 2016 budget.
In furtherance of this, the government is said to have saddled some officials with the task of ascertaining the number of the unemployed youths, who would benefit from the scheme.
A top government official also reportedly said that the compilation of data was necessary in order to ensure that the programme was not sabotaged.
“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”, he said.