- Senator Shehu Sani has expressed his misgivings over the N-Power and SURE-P programs
- Sani in a recent press statement alleged that both programs were organised to gain political support
- He said that the programs are aimed at throwing crumbs to the masses with the aim of pacifying them and retaining their political support
Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, has criticised the N-Power programme introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, claiming it is used as a means of maintaining grassroot political support.
Sani also made the same allegation in relation to the SURE-P program brought about by the administration of the immediate former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Premium Times reports.
The senator who is a former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made these claims in reaction to an allegation that the disbursement of the N-power fund was influenced by some political schemes.
Earlier, Biodun Olujimi, the Senate minority leader, on Wednesday, November 7, had said that the fund had been “politicised” and its beneficiaries were asked to submit details of their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
She said officials disbursing the fund were circulating forms on which recipients are asked to write their names, gender and details of their PVCs, alleging that the documents are followed by by another from a new generation bank containing details of payment.
The Senate has decided to investigate the allegation, setting up a seven-man committee to do the job.
Corroborating Olujimi's claims, Sani, in press statement said: “The SURE-P program of the last administration and NSIP of this administration are not social intervention programs but political largesse dispensed for political goals.
“The two programs are aimed at throwing hands outs and crumbs to the masses with the aim of pacifying them and retaining their support for the political establishment and the ruling parties.
“The ideological basis and reasoning of both the SURE-P and NSIP programs is to reinforce the iniquities, inequalities and plunder inherent in the prevailing socio economic system that institutionalised the class privilege of a few against a many.”
Rather than being disbursed to the vulnerable, Sani said the funds were channelled at grassroot political supporters to “neutralise possible resistance”.
“The SURE-P programs was designed to build up the grassroots support base of the PDP and the N Power was designed to build the grassroots support base of the APC.
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“SURE-P AND NSIP are institutionalised state generosities and philanthropy presented as social intervention while actually intended to neutralise mass resistance against social injustice and inequality presided over by the political establishment and the ruling elites.
“SURE-P and N power are all hands outs thrown to the poor ‘to purchase their conscience and loyalty’. SURE-P was a larcenous bread of corruption and N Power is a butter of social deceit."
According to him, Nigeria’s poverty problems can’t be solved by a ration system of throwing peanuts. He described N-Power is a repackaged SURE-P program that only encourages the culture of social dependency on state handouts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Kaduna high court stopped APC from issuing automatic ticket to Senator Sani. The court on Wednesday, October 3, restrained the party from conducting the primary election to select the party’s candidate for the Kaduna central senatorial district.
Legit.ng gathered that the court's order came after supporters of Uba Sani had protested at the state’s party secretariat on Tuesday night, October 2, asking the party to rescind its decision.
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