…By Jude Johnson
A civil society group has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the commencement of the N5,000 payment to unemployed Nigerian youths.
The group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) said President Buhari has passed a hurdle which will end indoctrination of youths in the country.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Saturday, January 7, the executive director of the CESJET Joyce Adamu said the implementation of the conditional cash transfer promised Nigerians during President Buhari’s campaign is a proof of the president’s integrity.
Adamu also said as a leader who keeps his promises, the president has similarly commenced the N-Power project which is paying N30,000 monthly to enrolled graduates as well as the home-grown school feeding programme.
She said the various empowerment programmes introduced by the President Buhari-led administration is the best way to end radicalization of Nigerian youths by extremists groups.
The group however appealed to President Buhari to issue a directive that the anti-fraud component of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme and the other initiatives be scaled up to check abuses.
She said it is unprecedented that 10,173 households are benefitting from this intervention that would make a difference in their quest to improve their standard of living.
“The programme is a confirmation that the administration is committed to safeguarding the interest of the vulnerable in the society,” Adamu said.
“As we salute this feat by Mr President, we see meaningful interventions like these by the federal government as going a long way to de-radicalize youths who fall prey to the wicked hands of terrorists and extremists who usually come from other parts of the world to indoctrinate them into ways that are alien to our culture and tradition as a people,” she said.
She said the organization views that the programmes which are vital to the populace should not be allowed to collapse owing to the capacity of corruption to derail them.
“We count it fortunate that the National Identity Number, BVN and other identity data bases are assets that can and must be deployed to ensure that the bloodsucking demons that had stolen even from pension funds using multiple or ghost accounts are not allow to repeat their trickery with these laudable programmes,” Adamu added.
She also called on Nigerians to engage in self policing and to be whistle blowers to expose officials or individuals that attempt to steal from the poor under any guise as any money stolen from the programme would amount to snatching food from the mouth of hungry children and condemning them to starvation.
“Law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies must treat any fraud uncovered around the conditional cash transfer programme as heinous crimes that must be prosecuted to conclusion,” she said.