ABUJA—THE Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF and the National Employees Consultative Association, NECA, yesterday, during the second award of the NSITF/NECA Safe Workplace Intervention Project, deliberated on the implementation of the Employees Compensation Act, ECA 2010.

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman, Board of Directors of NSITF, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, said this year’s award ceremony was important as it afforded them the opportunity to hear views of the employers and employees on the performance of NSITF/NECA to enable the authorities adjust their methods for better service delivery.

Dr. Olejeme said the occasion should be seen to go beyond the donation of ambulances, accident prevention equipment, certificates and plagues but be seen as an occasion to meet and interact with employers to account for their stewardship under the Employees Compensation Scheme, ECS.

She said: “I am happy to see that the central theme in this year’s discussion focuses on the implementation of the Employees Compensation Act, ECA 2010: the successes recorded so far and the challenges being faced towards implementing the scheme. I am glad to note that unlike last year when the OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) audit covered only 25 employers in Lagos area alone, this year’s audit and award have gone beyond that by covering employers/companies in four other geo-political zones involving 100 companies/employers.

This is indeed commendable and it goes to show that the ECS scheme is living up to its promises of serving all employers in every part of the country. The importance of today’s occasion should further be seen from the point of preventing accidents at workplace as well as enlightenment of employers and employees alike towards imbibing the culture of safety at workplace.”

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