Presidency faults Governor Fayose on N5000 stipend for poor Nigerians
Faulting the remarks on Tuesday by Governor Ayodele describing the N5,000 the Federal Government said it had started paying to poor Nigerians as a mere propaganda, the Presidency yesterday urged Nigerians to be wary of detractors of its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for the downtrodden under the Social Investment Programme (SIP).
Fayose had in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said there was no evidence of such payment in Ekiti, one of the states government said the exercise had begun.
But reacting to the development yesterday in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, enjoined the citizenry to establish more confidence in the various economic schemes introduced by the current administration to provide succor to the people.
He told State House Correspondents that the N5000 stipend was announced specifically from the office of the Vice President, suggesting that the scheme had commenced in nine states.
Dismissing insinuations that the scheme was a mere propaganda, Adesina said the government would not deliberately set out to lie to Nigerians.
“A certain governor came and say it is not true. Is just a matter of who do you believe. This is a government that is built on integrity and accountability.”
Meanwhile, the Kwara government has confirmed the receipt of the stipend by some residents in the state, saying bank alerts have been coming in since last Friday.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Ayinke Saka, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Ilorin that the beneficiaries were spread across the 16 local councils of the state.
She disclosed that more than 10,000 Kwarans are to benefit from the scheme.
Also yesterday, the Bauchi government said no fewer than 10,800 poor people will soon benefit from the programme in the 360 communities of the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Development Partners, Mansur Soro, disclosed this yesterday in an interview with NAN in Bauchi.
He said the disbursement would commence before the end of this month, adding that a team was on the field for biometric capturing of the beneficiaries.