By Ibrahim Hassan, KADUNA

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, has enlightened over 50 companies in Kaduna on how to prevent workplace accidents and promote occupational safety and health.

The goal, according to Dr. Kelly Nwagha, is to  entrench workplace safety behaviour among employees and employers of labour across the country for enhanced productivity.

Dr. Nwagha is the NSITF’s General Manager, Health Safety and Environment (HSE).

He spoke at the Annual Occupational Safety and Health Enlightenment Programme for employers and stakeholders in Kaduna on Monday.

According to him, NSITF renders preventive and rehabilitation and compensation services to all workplaces for the benefit of the employer and the employee.

“We are interacting with employers of labour and other stakeholders on issues relating to the life and safety of employees in workplaces.

“NSITF is sensitising employers on how employees should work and live safely in workplaces, how best to work and remain safe at all times and how employers should value their employees,” he said.  

He said  NSITF is committed to promoting a preventive safety and health culture n all workplaces in the country,which  will enable employees and employers fulfil their responsibility of preventing deaths, injuries, and diseases in the workplace.

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“The Federal Government established the NSITF to cater for employee’s welfare in the event of work-related accidents and injuries.

The initiative is to protect and cater for employees in the event of work-related accidents and injuries

This the fund is doing by making sure that all employers are duly registered with the fund and are up to date with their contribution and provide safe working environments always.

“The NSITF has a sensitisation team of well trained, informed and seasoned enforcement officers that frequently meet with employers to educate them on the numerous benefits of complying with the Employee Compensation Scheme,” he said.

Speaking further, he said “a good health and safety culture impacts the home, impacts the business and it has multiplier effects. 

On NSITF spending over N4 billion to compensate workers who suffered from accidents and what has been the attitude of employees in terms of ensuring safety in their places of work, he said: “In this country, we are yet to get up from realising the need for us to be safety conscious.

“It’s a very key issue. Government is doing all in its power to ensure employers of labour and employees keep abreast of the import of safety and health in the work place.

“This scheme we are implementing is a scheme backed up by Federal Government act. If the Federal Government is not serious about it, the act would probably not have been enacted in the first place.

“We are young in implementing this act and, so far, I won’t say we are there, but we are trying our best to make sure, like we are here today to enlighten 50  to 55 companies on the need to imbibe the culture of safety and health.

“Same programme is going all over the country. By the time we go to the second batch, the third batch, you will see that we are gradually becoming closer to that,” he said.

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