Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy


– Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

– The need for human capacity development

– The plight of Nigerian youths

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy
The current president of Nigeria, Buhari

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

This piece is predicated on the ongoing plan by the President Muhamodu Buhari APC led administration to start paying a #5,000 stipend to all unemployed youths in Nigeria.

I am sorry I have decided to borrow form a biological term to send this home. As you might suggest, this manifesto by the present administration has left some very sharp pains within my bone as in the case of an osteoporosis- bound adult. Of course, this issue as is very hot among Nigerian youths has lent of me this curved lane of expressing my displeasure at what the Nigerian society has made of its youths.

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

Having suffered enough of frustrations as a Nigerian youth, particularly as a primary school leaver, to my passage via the secondary school, even now that I am a graduate; my instinct and undaunted patriotic drive has taught me to move on with life. Work-a-day realities in Nigeria have thought me to be determined and never to tie my destiny to what the society has budgeted to offer me.

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

However, I can’t stop mentioning the levels of contours and distortions the Nigerian society has made of similar unrelenting youths as me. At least, for the benefit of the adjoining generations of Nigerian youths, if certainly not mine. This might help our sleeping sailors to swerve a new direction of reorientation at embarking on what  understandably would build tomorrow for its hopeful owners.


It is unfathomably disdaining how the Nigerian Governments both at the grassroots and the federal ends have un-remorsefully failed to stop killing the future of the present crop of youths who have silently but resolutely learnt to cope with the past and present unpalatable policies embarked upon by their elected leaders.

Much as new hope seems to have surfaced with the coming to power of the present crop of elected political officers in the country, especially with fatty share allotted to the education sector in the just presented 2016 national budget,  as well as the unquenching thirst to eradicate corruption; my reserved disappointment however has come with the controversial short term approach the Buhari led administration has proposed to put in place to placate the bemoaned youths of this God’s own country.


Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

Some months back, it was debated but unpopularly voted out at the national assembly that a meager amount of five thousand Naira be paid unemployed Nigerian youths on monthly basis. As I understand, the dumped bill has been brought from beneath the carpet where it has been kept since last 2015 and to be effected from 2016.

As have mentioned above, this bid as manifesto-ed or agendered by the All Progressive People’s Congress may on a short run term be an embracing one but which may score really poor when placed side by side a long term goodwill.

Good enough, the supposed token if judiciously utilized by very skinflint youths might serve an entrepreneurial purpose, or still be good at meeting some exigencies. But I ask, how far could #5,000.00 Naira go in transforming the life of a Nigerian youth, especially at this time of the calendar when commodities assume hiked prices?

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

Regardless of whatever immediate good this 5,000 could serve, I remain disappointed in the agenda. This is another disdain and slap on the faces of unemployed  graduate and undergraduate youths across Nigeria. Considering what barometer UNESCO has put in place for measuring a standard way of identifying or differentiating a poor nation from the rich or developing one; one is forced to shun and throw abyss this idea by the present Nigerian government.

A nation in which on the average her indigenes   feed on less than the American Dollar is considered a poor one according to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Now, when #5000.00 Naira is dissected by 30 days, what does the result give? 166 Naira! It is obviously an impossible statistics to base the whole life of a Nigerian graduate who has wended through thorny and slowly academic hurdles on #166.00 per day. I  consider this really unfair to be imagined not to talk of ever being actualized.

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Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

This is not only ridiculous, it is degrading.

I remember a distant friend who lives in a South western part of Nigeria who had to travel as far as the Eastern axis of the country every now and then for greener and sappy pasture. I can not stop retrospecting how many failed job application he had submitted. Each time I flash on his plights, my heart breaks and bleeds at the similitude between his story and those of many youths in Nigeria who wander from one state to the other but with no result, all in order to get a #15,000.00 Naira job.

Is a token of 5000.00 Naira enough to soak out the drowning pool of abjecting situations that the Nigerian youths face on daily basis?

How will that make up for for a house bill? What will #5000 do in helping a Nigerian youth foot the bill of ageing and dying unemployed parents?

What if the said stipend is tuned to the number of all ‘to be paid unemployed’ youths and used to create an all encompassing employment in the country for jobless but job-seeking youths?

                                                                                                 WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE?

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy
The faces of Nigerian youths amidst the President new decision

No doubt, the agenda to kick start the payment of #5000.00 token to unemployed Nigerian youths would have been a laudable one to embrace if the right template has been set and put in place. What is this template? As we all know, the geographical society cannot be detached from the human society.

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Of course, geographical society had long been before the emanation of humans. Even in the popular creation stories, we are made to understand that all things, the vegetation’s and other natural resources, so to speak, had been made available in the societal space long before the arrival of human beings.

It becomes the obligation of us humans to now explore these resources for our own good. Imagine a situation where humans exist without all of these resources in place.

The implication this brings to hand is that as a country that is human-development oriented, such human capacity development scheme as seen in the case of nature and man must therefore be provided for to her people.

Nigerian Government Wrong With 5,000 Naira Stipend Policy

This is the template I am talking about. Understandably, the previous leadership of our dear country have failed to introduce vocational aptitudes and entrepreneurial training skills in all our tertiary institutions, however, it is not too late to begin such.

Compulsorily, all undergraduate Nigerian youths should be made to take a vocational and human capacity development programmes as courses. By presuppositions, this programmes are expected to create self employment for every hard-on success youth even while they are through with their first degree education; particularly when the white collar jobs aren’t forth coming. It is only when this provision is well and first catered for that the proposed #5000.00 will carry significance.

It is only when this template of human capacity building is well in place that the supposed #5,000.00 stipend to be paid all Nigerian unemployed youths by the present administration can positive change our bizarre story and perspective of Nigeria .