A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Initiative for Citizens’ Rights, Accountability and Development (ICRAD), has condemned the salary structure of Federal Government’s Special Public Works (SPW) Programme designed to employ 774,000 Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the programme, as part of the fiscal stimulus measures to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak and will see 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas engaged.
It was learned that beneficiaries of the programme will be split into various public works for a period of three months.
The Federal Government had constituted a Selection Committees across states of the federation and have given them the nod to commence work immediately.
The programme is expected to commence in October while the employees will be entitled to the sum of N60,000 divided into N20,000 per month for the three months period of engagement.
The Executive Director of ICRAD, Hassan Luqman, Esq in a statement said as commendable as the plan of the federal government to engage Nigerians in various works is, it is disappointing that it cannot pay the national minimum wage.
He further said that the payment could violate the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act 2019 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The NGO, therefore, called on the Federal Government to make an upward review of the three months earnings of the social workers to N90,000 in order to meet up with the dictates of the law and to give decent earnings to Nigerians.