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APC Reassures Social Security Pay To 25 Million Vulnerable Nigerians


The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigerians that it will not renege on its campaign promise to pay 5,000 Naira each monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians, while calling on the public to ignore the “mischievous attempt” by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to confuse and mislead them on this issue.

In a statement issued in Abuja Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said even though the PDP-led Federal Government plundered the common wealth in its time, but the ruling party has devised creative means not only to pay the money but also to fulfill its other campaign promises to Nigerians.

It said the non-implementation of the payment policy so far was due to the fact that it was not included in the 2015 budget, which was prepared by the PDP-led Jonathan Administration, as well as the need to first block all financial leakages.

”Now, the Buhari administration has been busy putting into place measures that will make it possible to start the implementation of this project. Such measures include the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

”We are happy to inform Nigerians that as at the end of September 2015, over 1.4 trillion Naira – which hitherto was lying unproductively in various commercial banks – has been recovered and paid into the TSA,” APC informed.

The party said that in its usual jumpy and superficial approach to issues, the “irresponsible opposition” has already rushed to judgement on the issue without bothering to hear from the APC, which made the promise in the first instance.

”Had the PDP not sacrificed the truth on the altar of political expediency, it would have realized that the APC never at any time indicated it has reneged on its promise to pay 5,000 Naira monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians.

The party added that in its press statement dated Aug. 30th 2015, it reiterated its plan to redeem its campaign promises, including the social security payment policy, despite the primitive looting of the treasury under the watch of the PDP.

”It is therefore astonishing that the same PDP, which is becoming more and more infamous for its penchant for peddling half truths and sensationalizing every issue, will rush to the press to celebrate the figment of its imagination that the APC will not fulfill its campaign promise regarding the payment,” APC said

The party also confirmed that the Buhari administration was also embarking on a massive infrastructure renewal programme in the areas of roads, rail and power, for which a 2.5-billion-dollar Infrastructure Fund was being put in place.

”Contrary to the disinformation being peddled by the PDP, the Buhari administration is poised to lift millions of Nigerians out of extreme poverty by providing social protection and safety nets with another 2.5 trillion Naira Special Intervention Fund,” the party hinted.

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