Ngige ‘Nigerians complaining of hardship are PDP members,’ Minister says

Ngige also assured that the government would roll out its programmes as soon as the 2016 budget was passed by the National Assembly.

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has reportedly said that the Nigerians who are complaining about the suffering in the country are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ngige also assured that the government would roll out its programmes as soon as the 2016 budget was passed by the National Assembly.

He made the comments during an interview with the Daily Sun. Excerpts below:

Nigerians angry with APC government over hardship in the country

I don’t know what you mean by hardship and those you call Nigerians. Are they the federal civil servants getting their monthly salaries as and when due? We don’t owe them, not even allowances and there is no reason they should be unhappy with the APC government.

Are the okada riders among those complaining when they are making brisk businesses or the graduates we will soon address their problem of unemployment after the passage of the budget?

Unemployment is the harbinger of Boko Haramism, harbinger of IPOBism, OPCism and militancy in the Niger Delta. It is a scourge and serious disease condition that we must fight and that is why we are in this ministry and government.

We have job creation programmes under the supervision of the Vice President and other inter-ministerial ones that will be rolled out very soon. By the time we roll out, more funds will be put into the economy. Let us warn that the funds are not for stealing.

The only difference between APC and PDP is the stealing of the lots of floating funds. Many of the elite were grabbing these floating funds and they are the ones protesting that they are not happy with the present government.

Those complaining especially the elite are members or loyalists of the PDP. We are not bothered because we are going to continue with our common people’s programme and I want to assure that the tide will soon change.

So, we are waiting for the budget. Don’t forget that we are not the ones that appropriate funds but the National Assembly. We have given them budget, done some alterations and amendments as needs be in areas where some people try to mutilate and we are waiting for now. Once they approve the budget as proposed, we roll out our programmes.

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