By Prince Okafor
The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, has called on employers in Nigeria to improve on safety awareness in their work places to avoid unnecessary industrial accidents.
General Manager, NSITF, Lagos Regional Office, Mrs. Olufunke Aleshinloye, who gave this advice, disclosed plans to get 90 per cent of workers in the country to key into this scheme.
Speaking during a road show to mark this year’s World Day for safety and health at work in Lagos with theme, “Improving Safety and Health of Workers” Aleshinloye, said: “The NSITF was established by decree No 73 of 1993 with the fundamental mandate of implementing the Employee’s Compensation Act, 2010.
“The NSITF was established vide Decree No. 73 of 1993 to succeed the defunct National Provident Fund, NPF, which had been in operation since 1961 to make provisions for compensation in the case of death, injury, diseases or disability in the office place.
“In order to fulfil the mandate of the ECA, 2010, a social insurance scheme known as Employee’s Compensation Scheme was designed for serving employees to ensure that they are adequately protected with regards to compensation whenever they suffer injuries from workplace accidents; any injury in the course of work outside the workplace or disease emanating from working conditions.”
On non-compliance, Aleshinloye noted that there was sanction for defaulters who failed to pay as at when due.
She said: “Defaulters will get imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year or fine of not less than N100,000 or both imprisonment and fine for an individual.”