By Naomi Uzor
The Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) will today flag off a new social security scheme for its members. In a release by the general secretary, Comrade David Ajetunmobi, the social security scheme is being planned in collaboration with Nigeriaâ€™s pioneer insurance companies and insurance broking firms.
According to him, two years ago, NATA began an intensive discussion with leading insurance companies and insurance broking firms in Nigeria, but the event did not culminate until early this year when the association and the insurance stakeholders agreed to implement the project for the 4 million members of the organisation spread across 36 states of the federation.
â€œThe scheme provides the first critical alternative to the Nigerian informal sector which constitutes 80 percent of the countryâ€™s workforce, the package is aimed at providing benefits for our members that are exposed daily to deadly hazards in the course of their routine functions.
NATA has 4 million members spread across the countryâ€ he said. He noted that the pension reform act did not have any provision for the unemployed persons and associations especially those whose employees are less than five, adding that, besides, there is no social security arrangement in Nigeria to cater for this group of artisan professionals, that is why theÂ association leadership has agreed to work with other stakeholders.