Fayose Slams FG On N5,000 Payment To The Poor

Ayodele Fayose

EKITI State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the N5,000 the Federal Government said it had started paying to the poor as a mere propaganda.

The governor, therefore, advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop running government and governance on propaganda.

He said: “A blind man will say it is when it gets into my mouth that I will say you are feeding me, not promises.”

The governor, in a statement on Tuesday, in Ado-Ekiti, by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Idowu Adelusi, said there was no evidence of the payment in his state, which is one of the states the Federal Government claimed the exercise had commenced.

He said apparently, the states they claimed had started receiving the payment are the APC-controlled states, knowing full well that the governors could not come out to disprove the payment evidence.

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He said the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari should come to the reality that Nigerians are hungry and also angry and that Nigerians are no longer interested in empty promises.

He also explained that the people had realised that “the APC-led government only operates by deceit and that Nigerians are running out of patience.”

Fayose challenged them to publish the number of people receiving the promised N5,000 and the accounts of the beneficiaries.

He insisted that the economic policy of the Federal Government ahead of the 2019 election was on how to entrench itself in power and not on the welfare of Nigerians.

He also condemned the N2 billion to be spent on entertainment alone in the Villa in the 2017 budget.

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While calling on the Federal Government to put a proper economic team, beyond party line in place to salvage the economy of Nigeria, which he. said is already on the floor as many businesses have been closed down.

He appealed to the president not allow Nigerians to die before the so -called benefit and ‘change’comes to bear on them.

He explained the the federal government’s social intervention fund was World Bank project partnered by the Nigerian government and that the money has been paid the World Bank since June last year.

He said in Ekiti, he is paying over 10,000 poor people the social security package without any delay and procrastination in the last one year and urged the federal government to follow suite.

He explained that the “federal government’s N5,000 payment to the poor was designed in a way that the state governors are also involved because they are to clear and present prospective beneficiaries before payments are made.

It will be recalled that the federal government in a statement on Monday had said: “Funds for the commencement of the payments in four states were released last week to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) – the platform that hosts and validates payments for all government’s social intervention programmes. Funds for another set of five states to complete the first batch of nine states would follow soon.

“Though the sequence for the payment of the money would be operationally managed by NIBSS, beneficiaries in Borno, Kwara and Bauchi States have started receiving the money. The other states in the first batch to commence the CCT payments are Cross Rivers, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States.”

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In another development, Fayose advised the federal government move in quickly and stop the killing in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State.



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