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Saturday, 7 November 2015

We won’t renege on our promise to pay social security to 25 million Nigerians –APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigeri­ans that it will not renege on its campaign promise to pay N5,000 each monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians, while calling on the citizens to ignore the mischievous attempt by the PDP to con­fuse and mislead them on this issue.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its Na­tional Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said even though the PDP-led Federal Govern­ment plundered the common wealth in its time, it (APC) has devised creative means not only to pay the money but also to fulfill its other cam­paign promises to Nigerians.

It said the non-implemen­tation of the payment policy so far is due to the fact that it was not included in the 2015 budget, which was prepared by the PDP-led Jonathan Administration, and also because of the need to first block all financial leakages.

‘’Now, the Buhari ad­ministration has been busy putting into place measures that will make it possible to start the implementation of this project. Such measures include the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA)

‘’We are happy to inform Nigerians that as at the end of September 2015, over 1.4 trillion naira – which hitherto was lying unproductively in various commercial banks – has been recovered and paid into the TSA,’’ APC said.

The party said that in its usual jumpy and superficial approach to issues, the irre­sponsible opposition has al­ready rushed to judgement on the issue without bothering to hear from the APC, which made the promise in the first instance.

‘’Had the PDP not sacri­ficed the truth on the altar of political

expediency, it would have realised that the APC never at any time indicated it has reneged on its promise to pay N5,000 monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians.

In our press statement of Aug. 30, 2015, we still reiter­ated our plan to redeem our campaign promises, includ­ing the social security pay­ment policy, despite the prim­itive looting of the treasury under the watch of PDP”.

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