•Kano to join scheme

From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has explained that the payment of claims and compensations do not solely measure or represent the the successes of the organisation, explaining that  accident prevention is pivotal in employees’ compensation.

NSITF noted that prioritizing robust occupational safety and health (OSH) initiatives was key to accident prevention as it makes claim disbursements inversely related to this preventive effort. 

NSITF’s Managing Director, Maureen Allagoa, clarified the stance during a meeting with the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), according to a statement by the Fund’s Spokesperson, Mr. Nwachukwu Godson on Wednesday. 

Represented by Adegoke Adediji, the Fund’s Executive Director, Finance and Investment, Allagoa  addressed recent misconceptions about NSITF’s mandate, stressing that the organisation’s accomplishments extend beyond claim payouts, given that effective OSH programs significantly reduce workplace incidents.

The NSITF boss said: “Measuring the progress of the NSITF by the number of claims and compensations paid is a very poor grasp  of our mandate and  operations. By ECA 2010, occupational safety and health is in inverse proportion to claims and compensations. When the occupational safety and health programmes(OSH) are top notch and producing results, the rate of workplace accidents that trigger claims and compensations declines. When OSH is not active, the reverse becomes the case.     

“A well-managed NSITF primarily seeks the reduction of workplace accidents. This is the first step our management takes through  a robust pursuit of occupational safety and health programmes. But if accident occurs, we follow up with rehabilitation. Then payment of claims and compensations, where necessary.

 “And the NSITF has been discharging all obligations on the payment of  compensations to employees and their dependents for death, injury, disability arising out of or in the course of employment. We  rehabilitate those who suffer workplace disabilities.  

“In fact, we have a case in hand where we’ve paid close to 70 million at  N1.3 million every month and another where the Fund  pays about 1.5 million every month and  will continue paying till the last child is 21 years of age.

“But while we do this, we intensify accident prevention programmes, even collaborating with other agencies and relevant stakeholders to emplace occupational safety and health(OSH) standards in all workplaces enrolled with the Fund. This is the charge of our active OSH department in our 57 branches and 12 regions  across the country.”

Allagoa further affirmed  that the current management has a clear road map for the future of the Fund, stating that it is changing with the times in terms of  rules and operations.

She, however, insisted that the Fund’s tripartite stakeholders are involved in all major administrative decisions, including the recent  introduction of fees for fresh registration  and for compliance certificates.  

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She further assured the Council of Registered Insurance Brokers that the NSITF would consider its request for collaboration, adding that both organisations have similar roles in the world of work.

Earlier in his presentation, the President of the NCRIB, Babatunde Ogunlade, commended the NSITF for expanding the reach of  social security services in the country. 


While stating that the visit was to seek areas of  partnership and collaboration between the Fund  and a vibrant community of registered insurance brokers across the federation, Ogunlade  said the two organisations have a common goal of  securing the social security and well-being of  all Nigerians.

He said, “We must mention that the NSITF has done very well. Your operations are getting noticed, and people are beginning to see the need to comply with you and understand the essence of the Employees’ compensation in the life of  workers.” 

“What we bring on board is collaboration. We are far reaching. We have over 600 corporate bodies. We have over 15,000 members. We can collaborate and  bring more companies, more money. But you propose a certain percentage we can earn by helping to do the work. 

“We can bring in an aggregate of 30 to 50,000 small corporates, they don’t have to be limited, everybody suffers the risk of disability once you have an employee, even if it is  two-member employee. 

“More SMEs are coming up. The large corporates are things of the past, they will continue to dwindle, except in government agencies. The small corporates  are coming up. We will collaborate in this area. Bring brokers on board, and we help you straighten  the rough edges and bring in more SMEs into the net.”

In a related development, the Kano State Government has declared that its zeal and commitment to the welfare of the Kano workforce and citizenry  have similar intendments with the Employees’ Compensation Scheme of the NSITF. 

The Kano State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Musa, made the declaration while receiving an advocacy team from the State Branch of the NSITF led by Haruna Mohammed.  

Noting that the ECS would further strengthen a range of social security benefits which Kano extends to her people, Musa assured that the state would key into the scheme as well as make the ECS compliance certificate mandatory for contract bidders. 

The Head of Service, who received the NSITF team in the company of other top management staff, requested a detailed proposal to enable the state government to take a  position at the earliest date.