Wednesday, December 16

Not all youths are entitled to ₦5,000 stipend – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has disclosed that not all youths are entitled to the N5,000 monthly stipend promised by President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that the federal government intends to convert most of the unemployed graduates to teachers in a bid to tackle graduate unemployment.

He said this at the 5th anniversary and graduation ceremony of Bina foundation in Enugu. Ngige said that only vulnerable youths in the society will benefit from the N5,000 monthly stipends contrary to popular believes that the social welfare initiative was for all.


The minister said in his statement “You can see that employment creation is the main issue. We have heard people say we are waiting for N5, 000. We did not say we are paying N5,000 to all the youth. We are saying it is for the most vulnerable.”

He further stated: “Most unemployed graduates would be converted to teachers. The move is equally aimed at boosting the education sector,”

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