The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured that the federal government does not lack the political will, discipline and the determination to fulfill its campaign promises.
Alhaji Mohammed stated this yesterday, at the inaugural Buharimeter townhall meeting organized by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)in Abuja.
The minister noted that the change the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government promised is real. Adding that the takeoff of the massive, N500 billion social intervention programmes will begin on Saturday.
“Nigerians will begin to feel the impact of the new order. As a matter of fact, the first rollout of the intervention scheme will start this Saturday, June 11, when the internet portal named npower.gov.ng will start taking applications for the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme.
“The other schemes in the Buhari presidency Social Investment Programmes which would be rolled out in the coming weeks. These include the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5,000 monthly to one million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free meal per day this year and the education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, STEM and education.
He also stated that his only “sin” was that he spoke too much before the 2015 general election which brought in the APC into power.
“I believe that my only sin is talking too much before the elections and now I have to pay the price,” the minister said. The town hall meeting is aimed at gauging the achievements of the President Buhari administration in the past year. Also present at the town hall meeting are – the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture and Rural Development), Amina Mohammed (Environment), and Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning).
“Long before the first year anniversary we had embarked on our own town hall meeting to give the citizens feedbacks on our achievements. The first one was held in Lagos.”