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All Nigeria Latest News reports that President Bola Tinubu has ordered the establishment of a Social Security Unemployment Programme aimed at providing financial assistance to unemployed youths, thereby alleviating economic hardship.

Wale Edun, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance made this known on Monday while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Edun said: “At this period of heightened food prices, Mr. President has committed to doing all that can be done to assist in giving purchasing power to the poorest and in that line, he has committed and instructed that the social security unemployment programme be devised, particularly to cater for the youths, for the unemployed graduates, as well as the society as a whole. So, we have coming, in the nearest future, an unemployment benefit for the young unemployed, in particular.”

The Coordinating Minister also disclosed plans for the establishment of a consumer credit scheme aimed at mitigating the challenges of economic adjustment.

“Finally, all in the same line, to emphasise that there is empathy. And there is feeling for those who are less well off, or feeling particularly the pains of this adjustment, there is coming a social consumer credit programme. 

“So, by making consumer credit available, of course, goods become more affordable, the economy even gets a chance to revive faster, because people have purchasing power that allows them to order goods, products,” Edun stated. 

He also addressed the review conducted by the Special Presidential Panel on the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), which has submitted a preliminary report to the President.

The Minister also briefed Journalists that the President highlighted the key points of the review during the meeting, emphasizing that it involved assessing existing mechanisms and programs. The President noted successes such as the 400,000 beneficiaries of the GEEP program, among others.

He said: “Those have been identified and recognised. School feeding programme is another example of relative success and whilst there is still some further work to be done, particularly, as regards availability of the financial data, which is still being looked at, the interim report has been submitted and a key recommendation of the panel was that, especially given the heightened, limited household purchasing power at this time, rising prices, particularly elevated food prices, it’s important to restart the programme. 

“So, the direct payments to 12 million households comprising, 60 million Nigerians, is to resume immediately with the important proviso that every beneficiary will be identified by their National Identity Number (NIN) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN). Therefore, payments will be made into bank accounts or mobile money wallets so that whether it is before or after, there is verification of the identity of beneficiaries. 

“Each person that receives 25,000 Naira for a total of three months will be identifiable, even after they have received the money, it will be clear who it went to and when it went to them. And that is the big change that has allowed Mr. President to approve the restart of that direct payments to beneficiaries programme.”

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