A TOTAL of N1.3 million was paid as compensation for workplace accidents in the last one year, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, said .
Speaking in Lagos at an interactive forum on the 2010 Employees’ Compensation Act, NSITF’s Executive Director, Administration, Ibrahim Wakawa, said 18 claimants benefited from the scheme during the period. The forum was organised by NSITF and Nigeria Employees’ Consultative Association (NECA).
Wakawa said: “We received 380,000 notices of accidents in various workplaces because the law says that all accidents must be reported to NSITF. We received 189 applications for claims and N2.3 million is involved in the claim; we processed 18 out of 30 claims and have paid N1.3 million.” He advised workers to guard against improper clarification that would delay refund of money spent during accident.
Speaking at the forum, Mrs Helen Jemerigbe, Director of Projects, NECA, assured that the association would improve the quality of health and safety/accident prevention infrastructure in contributing companies. She said that NECA would promote a symbiotic relationship between NSITF and contributors to the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) Scheme through a yearly award system to companies.
In his remark, the NECA Director General, Mr Olusegun Oshinowo, charged NSITF to ensure good management and effectiveness in their operations. He also urged them to build constructive engagement with stakeholders and ensure good governance structure. Mr Timothy Olawale, a Director at NECA, said that the unresolved issue of companies with compensation schemes superior to the ECA was a source of worry to the scheme.