The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says comments by House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara’s on the Social Investment Programme (SIP) was irresponsible and an insult to beneficiaries of the initiative.
Mr Dogara had at a Public Hearing on Vote Buying and Improving Electoral Processes in Nigeria on Monday, in Abuja, described the social welfare scheme as vote buying.
A statement by BMO Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju said it is shocking that Dogara could “descend so low to score political points.”
“Here is a man who presides over an arm of the National Assembly which approved a budgetary allocation of N500bn for 2016 and N400bn for 2017 respectively, for this same social welfare scheme.
Speaker Dogara and his colleagues in the Senate are also aware that all initiatives, including the TraderMoni, began in 2016 after N110bn was released. he said.
“Clearly Speaker Dogara is not sincere, otherwise he wouldn’t describe an initiative that started in 2016 as vote-buying.
The Pro-Buhari group also questioned Mr Dogara’s understanding of the components of SIP.
The programmes was providing direct support for over 13 million beneficiaries and 3,999,000 secondary beneficiaries out of which the National Cash Transfer alone is touching lives in 26 states where more than 300,000 poor Nigerians receive N5, 000 monthly, while beneficiaries of TraderMoni are 2.3 million people,” Buhari Media Organisation added.