Senator Ali Ndume, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, on Thursday while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said that there is nothing to show for President Muhammadu Buhari’s investment in the Social Intervention Programme (SIP).
Ndume who spoke on the implementation of the 2020 budget, urged the youths and all beneficiaries of the N729billion SIP funds to hold government agencies accountable.
He noted that unless the youths, civil society groups and the media followed the money, the aim of the programme would be defeated.
“Sincerely, President Buhari has done his bit. No government has done this much for the youth. But, the beneficiaries must ask the right question of where the money is with a view to accessing them.”
He noted that the Federal Government’s 1,000 jobs for 1,000 youths across 774 local government areas in the country, had the capacity to rid the street of jobless citizens.
“The President has signed the 2021 budget into law and it contains a lot for the youths especially and the poor.
“As observed in last year’s N13trn budget, which was the highest level of implementation so far, we cannot see it on ground.
“So, what I’m suggesting or what I am urging the youth to do in particular, is to follow their money and ensure that the budget is not only implemented but that there is evidence on ground to show that it is actually implemented to the benefit of the people.
“I am saying this because government had recently announced over N700bn for intervention in various sectors that is supposed to be targeted towards indigent Nigerians and the vulnerable but we are yet to see some of these actions on ground.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.