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Nigerian Senators Fight Over Buhari’s N5,000 Promise to Unemployed Graduates

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One of the major President Buhari’s election campaign promises was that all unemployed Nigerian youths would be paid N5,000 until they get employment.

It was drama galore at the senate plenary on Wednesday, November 5, as the Senators of Nigeria’s two major political parties (PDP and APC) squabbled over President Muhammadu Buhari’s N5,000 Promise to unemployed Nigerian youths.

One of the Senators, Philip Aduda had raised a motion urging President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his party’s promise of paying N5,000 monthly to all unemployed Nigerian youths. ‎

While the motion was seconded by Senator Godswill Akpabio, it generated a palpable stir, as APC senators tried by all possible means to discard the motion.

Aduda’s motion came on the heels of an earlier motion‎ made by Senator Bassey Akpan (Akwa Ibom northeast) on the need to curb unemployment in Nigeria.

Akpan had said vices such as terrorism, kidnapping and armed robbery would be reduced if the nation’s unemployed youths‎ were effectively engaged in gainful employment, urging the senate to call on the “federal government and sub-national governments to intensify their effort on employment generation activities in line with their various campaign promises”.

Akpan therefore urged the senate to call on the “federal government and sub-national governments to intensify their effort on employment generation activities in line with their various campaign promises”. The was motion adopted, however, after some amendments were made to it. The senate adjourned to next Tuesday.

Nigerians are reacting on twitter.

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