By Abdul Seye
A member of the House of Representatives, Kingsley Chinda has alleged that the 774,000 jobs being supervised by the Minister of State (Labour) is for siphoning money from the National treasury.
He likened the scheme to installation of ATMs in all local governments with the intend to embezzle funds.
Chinda in a press statement said the password to the “ATMs” are with the Minister and his promoters, adding that the scheme is unsustainable.
“Keyamo’s 774,000 public works jobs are ATMs directed at siphoning money from the treasury akin to the school feeding programme of pupils at home. No more. The beneficiaries are to earn N20,000 for three months totalling N60,000.00 and N58billion has been voted for these phantom jobs?
*How else can we explain a non-sustainable scheme, with no end value, that has no multiplier effect on local economies across the length and breadth of our country? What is N20, 000, a sum far below the minimum national wage, when inflation is galloping at 12.56% and nearing 15.18% for food prices alone? Keyamo is clearly running the public works’ job, built on effusive sound bites, with the intention to fleece our country.
“774,000 jobs are simply installed 774,000 ATMs in 774 LGAs. Only Keyamo and the insidious promoters of the scheme have the passwords to the individual ATMs. Pronto. Let us also remind the Learned SAN that it is unlawful to pay any Nigerian Worker, emolument below the statutory minimum wage which his ministry ought to implement.”
He also accused the executive of blackmailing and undermining the National Assembly.
It would be recalled that the National Assembly and Mr. Keyamo have been at loggerheads over the implementation of the N58billion employment scheme.