Stipend pay­ment: NECA de­mands data of un­em­ployed Nige­ri­ans

The Punch - - APPOINTMEN­TS & MANAGEMENT - Anna Okon

The Nige­ria Em­ploy­ers’ Con­sul­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion has ex­pressed con­cern at the re­cent res­o­lu­tion by the Se­nate to the ef­fect that gov­ern­ment should start pay­ing stipends to un­em­ployed Nige­ri­ans till they are able to get any kind of em­ploy­ment.

Though the Direc­torgen­eral of NECA, Dr Ti­mothy Olawale, said that the res­o­lu­tion of the Se­nate seemed plau­si­ble as the im­ple­men­ta­tion might in­crease the dis­pos­able in­come of un­em­ployed youths and stim­u­late con­sump­tion, he noted that there were some fun­da­men­tal is­sues that should be ad­dressed be­fore the im­ple­men­ta­tion.

While he also said that the res­o­lu­tion also had the po­ten­tial to re­duce so­cial malaise and the gen­eral hope­less­ness per­vad­ing the ranks of the youths, he, how­ever, called for avail­abil­ity of ac­cu­rate date of the num­ber of Nig­erains qual­i­fied to ben­e­fit from such so­cial se­cu­rity ges­ture.

he said, “It is im­por­tant to know the num­ber of Nige­ri­ans that are ac­tu­ally un­em­ployed to fore­stall the pro­gramme be­com­ing another scheme be­dev­illed with pa­tron­age.

“Also of im­por­tance is the fund­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the project. The project was not cap­tured in the al­ready passed 2020 Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill, thus it is wor­ri­some where the funds to bankroll it will come from.

“It is hoped that gov­ern­ment will not fur­ther bur­den the al­ready over­taxed pri­vate busi­nesses.”

The NECA DG noted fur­ther that so far, all the so­cial in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes had been cos­met­ics and short-term in na­ture with­out po­ten­tial to solve the real is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment.

he said, “Gov­ern­ment at all lev­els must take a more than cur­sory look at the pri­vate sec­tor. More de­lib­er­ate ef­fort should be put in place to sup­port the or­gan­ised pri­vate sec­tor to grow and cre­ate em­ploy­ment by en­sur­ing a favourable op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Busi­nesses are cur­rently over­bur­dened with dif­fer­ent forms of taxes and levies, in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­tures and un­friendly reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment. herein lies the so­lu­tion to the teething un­em­ploy­ment scourge of our na­tion.”

• L-R: Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Engi­neer­ing and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices, Nige­rian Ports Author­ity, Prof. Idris Abubakar; Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mo­hammed Bello-koko; Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, NPA, Hadiza Bala Us­man; and Gov­er­nor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, dur­ing the Gov­er­nor’s courtesy visit to the NPA head­quar­ters in La­gos… on Tues­day. Photo: NPA

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