We won’t pay N5000 to people for indolence, say FG

We won’t pay N5000 to people for indolence, say FG

By Chris Suleiman, Abuja

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said that no country in the world can afford to pay stipend to her citizens to be indolent, saying Nigeria will not be different while giving the N5000 stipend for the unemployed people by President Muhammadu Buhari government.


Ngige also revealed that while some people will get N5000 under cash conversion scheme, some will also get N10000 while other may get more than N15,000 while in training.

Speaking with newsmen at the APC national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, the minister disclosed that some people that will be given such stipend will go through different training and later get employed by either the state or federal government.

“We also have the programme on the commission cash transfer. Though even you the press has said it,  we won’t pay N5000 for people to be indolent. No country in the world, would pay people to go home and sleep and collect cash, so Nigerian would not be an exception.

“We will pay some people N5000, we will pay some N10,000, and even for people in teacher conversion scheme, we will pay more than N10,000, N15,000 as stipend while in training, and then after the training they are going to be employed by state government and the federal government in different institution. It is not a programme we shall run alone, the state governments are going to buy into it, they are going to synchronize with us, we are going to do it in synergy.

While revealing that the present administration have some poverty alleviating and employment generating programs, he added that those programs “will span through Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and my place (Ministry of Labour). Agriculture, because we have some agricultural Universities, we will convert some people to teach the relevant agricultural science.”

On Skills Acquisition Scheme by Buhari led government, Ngige said “The Ministry has specialists skills acquisition centres; we have seven like that base in the ministry under the commissioner of skills or directorate for skills.

“The NDE have over 120 centres scattered all over the country, we also have those that have been built by state government and we want to capture all of these into that scheme and then get people to the scheme; to be bricklayers, to be POP designers, builders, welders, electronics repairer and the one they called Mecha-tronic, repair of vehicles, automobile carpentry, painting and fabrication of all sorts.

“We are going to do it, teach people, give them certification, because many people do not know that Ministry of Labour is the only place that can certified tradesmen.  This skills acquisition centres are in grades, we have grade A certification, Grade B, Grade C, D and E Certification, they all still exist.

“So we want to get back our youths, capture them, teach them to use their hands, and when they used their hands, they can earn money by employing themselves. If you get a bricklayer, or a painter today, you cannot pay less than N5000 for a daily job. And if somebody is able to work 20 days in a month for N5000, he already has N100,000. But, today is a sad story, that is, Togolese, Ghannians, people from Benin Republic, people from Niger Republic that do all these skilled job for us. 

“80 percent of workers in that specialize category in construction site all over Nigeria, be it in Abuja, in Lagos or in Onitsha, they come from outside, and we don’t know that little drops of water, form  ocean, the money or the naira they are paid is repatriated to their country and all of them will come at the end of the day to put pressure on naira in the foreign exchange market.

“So we have decided that we have to train our own youths, let them use their hinds to fend for themselves. We will also want to advance some of them into entrepreneurship. If you are very good, we can open a place for you and give you money through the Bank of Industry and SMEDAN and then you move to the next stage where a number of youth will work with you.”


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