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NSITF Paid Over N1bn To Compensate Workers

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The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) yesterday urged employers of labour to intensify efforts to improve safety and health at work places.

Addressing journalists in Abuja at a rally to mark this year’s World Day For Health and Safety, NSITF general manager, in charge of Health and Safety Department, Dr. Kelly Nwagba, disclosed that as part of the Employee Compensation Scheme (ECS), the Fund has  paid not less than N1billion to compensate workers who were victims of occupational hazards and related diseases in the last five years during course of work.

Nwagha said that the construction and manufacturing sectors in the country has the highest casualties in work place related accidents.

He explained that though the NSITF is committed to compensating workers who suffer work-related accident, he stressed that it is important for employers to first of all ensure they prevent such accidents from happening by providing a friendly environment.

He said, “We have also been paying claims and compensation to those who either got injured in work place or on their way, and they cannot get back to their optimum level, we have been paying compensation to those categories.

“The current management when they came on board made it a point of duty to ensure that everybody that got injured should do what we call rehabilitation. We have paid not less than N1billion in the last five years.

“NSITF is an institution that is charged under the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) 2010 to, not only compensate workers who are injured in the course of work, but also strongly and unambiguously mandated to combine efforts and resources of relevant stakeholders for the prevention of workplace disabilities, including the enforcement of OSH standards in all work places

“To this end, the NSITF implements Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OSHMS) with the goal to first of all prevent work related accidents and diseases and ensuring OSH standards, but where accidents and diseases occur, rehabilitates and compensates as appropriate.”

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