The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says $37.8 billion will be needed as Global Fund for Universal Social Protection for the first five years to close financing gaps.Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Wabba said this during an International Labour Organisation (ILO) virtual summit with the theme: “ COVID-19 and the World of Work: Building a better Future of Work’’.
“There is now the urgent need to institutionalise a Global Fund for Universal Social Protection to enable the poorest nations respond to the pandemic and to build resilience for future economic, health and climate shocks.
“Already, some $10 trillion has been pledged by governments and international financial institutions for economic recovery.
“According to pre-crisis estimates, a Global Fund for Universal Social Protection will need some 37.8 billion dollars for the first five years to close the financing gaps.
“This represents a small fraction of the total global funding to build recovery and resilience; and combination of both comprehensive contributory social security schemes and non-contributory social security guarantees, ‘’ he said.
Wabba said that over two billion workers were earning their livelihoods in the informal economy, which represented over 60 per cent of workers globally and 90 per cent of total employment in low-income countries.
According to him, ILO says 71 per cent of people globally have little or no access to social protection and COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of working people in every country of the world.
“Job losses, loss of income and livelihoods, lack of paid sick leave and lack of access to healthcare during the pandemic have resulted in whole communities being vulnerable. Also faced with lockdown measures, people are finding it very difficult to manage local and national uncertainties of health and socio-economic impacts,” he said.