Following allegations by Gov. Fayose of Ekiti about the N5000 stipend scheme for poor and vulnerable Nigerians, Presidency has on Wednesday urged Nigerians to establish more confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and ignore Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State. Fayose, earlier today, alleged that the scheme is but a mere propaganda and a swift attempt to divert the attention of the masses from the present hardship.
Fayose claimed he hadn’t notice the commencement of the exercise in his state as it has already been listed as part of the first nine beneficiary states.
It will be recalled that the Presidency on Monday announced that the payment of N5,000 stipends to vulnerable persons in the country had taken off in nine States. Subsumed in the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT of the Social Investment Scheme, the stipend was a campaign
promise of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC during
the 2015 election campaigns.
The presidency had in a statement from the Office of the
Vice President on Monday stated that:
“As part of its determined efforts to touch the lives of Nigerians positively the Buhari administration has now
started the payment of N5, 000 monthly stipends to the
poorest and the most vulnerable in the country through the
Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment
“Under the CCT, one million Nigerians would receive N5000
monthly payments as a form of social safety net for the
poorest and most vulnerable as budgeted for in the 2016
In the first batch that commenced last week, nine states would be covered, and many of the beneficiaries have already reported receiving their first payments by Friday Last week, December 30, 2016.
“Funds for the commencement of the payments in four
states were released last week to the Nigeria Inter-Bank
Settlement System (NIBSS) – the platform that hosts and
validates payments for all government’s social intervention
programmes. Funds for another set of five states to
complete the first batch of nine states would follow soon”.
But in a swift reaction to the development, Governor Fayose has also challenged the federal government to publish the names and account numbers of the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Femi Adesina, when asked to react to Fayose’s accusation against to the presidency during a briefing at
the end of the meeting of Federal Executive Council, FEC at
the presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, said that it was not in the totem of the present government to lie to Nigerians. He added that the administration was built on integrity and accountability.
“On N5, 000 stipend, it was announced specifically from the
office of the vice president that the scheme has started in nine states. And then a certain governor came and say it is
not true. It is just a matter of who do you believe.
“This is a government that is built on integrity and
accountability. This government will not lie to Nigerians,
does not lie to Nigerians. In fact, anything you hear from
this government you can take it to the bank, believe it.
“So, if anybody comes and says it is politics, it is not true.
Choose who to believe. I can tell you that you should
believe this government because this government will not
lie to you”, Adesina said.