Buhari finally begs Senate for assistance with campaign promises

By Sanni Muhammed December 8, 2015 22:38

Buhari finally begs Senate for assistance with campaign promises

President Muhammadu Buhari may have finally agreed to fulfill his campaign promise of “Free school feeding” and N5000 monthly stipends as he has proposed the sum of N500bn in the 2016 budget submitted on Tuesday, December 8 to the National Assembly for consideration.

This proposal was contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy paper, FSP, sent to the Senate.

Buhari promised that if the Senate approves the proposal, the school feeding scheme would be carried out in collaboration with the state government to ensure a successful and well structured social welfare programmes.

    “The Federal government will collaborate with State Governments to‎ institute well-structured social welfare intervention programme such as: school feeding programme initiatives, conditional cash transfer to the most Vulnerable, and post NYSC grant.

    “N500 billion has been provisioned in the 2016 budget as social investments for these programmes. The programmes include social feeding programmes initiatives, conditional cash transfer to the most vulnerable and post NYSC grant.”

The promise of N5, 000 stipends which was part of the 12 cardinal agenda of Buhari and his party, the All Progressive Change, APC, during and after its presidential campaigns has been termed unrealistic by critics who have wondered its practicability going by the inability of the Government to even pay a minimum wage of N18, 000 to civil servants.

The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalong however claimed that no matter the consequences, the Federal Government would go ahead with its social welfare plan.

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The APC in defense of Buhari had refuted claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, maintaining that Buhari would fulfill all the promises made to Nigerians.

They also attributed the delay to the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Earlier this year, majority of the APC Senators voted against a bill instructing the President to kickstart the implementation and disbursement of the N5, 000 stipends to unemployment youths as a palliative to cushion the current hardship and sufferings of Nigerians in the last 6 months of Buhari’s administration.

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari,  eventually came out to say the APC could not afford to fail to fulfil yet another promise as her husband’s integrity had already taken a severe hit.

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Explaining the delay in the submission of the 2016 budget by Buhari, his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters (senate) Ita Enang claimed the President had not necessarily broken the law of the land.

See: APC blames Jonathan for N5, 000 pledge