ECS: We’re yet to commence sanctions against defaulters – NSITF

February 11th, 2019

By Appolos Christian

The Nigeria Social Insur­ance Trust Fund (NSITF) has said it is not delay­ing sanctions against the yet to comply employers regarding the provisions of the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) in their work places but rather giving more time for all the stakeholders to understand the implementation processes of the scheme.

Mr Adebayo Somefun, the Managing Director of the Fund, who disclosed this in Abuja when he received the 2018 Buisnessday Public Ser­vice award, said that the Fund is more interested in the growth of the scheme and not prioritis­ing punishment of defaulters.

However, he strong warn de­faulters not to take the patience of the Fund for granted, as the sanction would eventually be meted to all defaulters, while he added that the Fund is only utilizing the stick and carrot ap­proach.

His words, “We are not rely­ing on the legal aspect to get employers to comply with the ECS yet. We are at this mo­ment concentrating on selling the inherent benefits of the scheme. Eventually, there will be sanction for defaulting. But we are not going into that right now because the scheme is still young. We need to keep talking, persuading and enlightening all our critical stakeholders.”

Furthermore, the MD point­ed out that some of the employ­ers that are not participating in the scheme are not only depriv­ing their employees the benefits of compensation when injured, but are denying themselves the opportunity of getting paid for loss of productivity when their workers are injured and in no position to execute their tasks optimally.

“All employers of labour in Nigeria who are not participat­ing in the scheme are denying their employees as well as Ni­gerians of the benefits of the compensation that this scheme offers. There is no need to wor­ry about occupational hazard because we know that accidents are not planned occurrences and can happen any time. In such times, the employer is in­sulated from settling medical expenses. In fact, the NSITF pays employers whose staffers are involved in accidents loss of productivity due to the inability of such workers to perform their duties. Again, if an employee dies in the course of duty, 90% of his total remuneration is paid to the spouse until the last child is 21 years old or graduate from the university. For example, if a worker dies while his last child is six months old, for the next 21 years, that family will receive 90% of the terminal income of the de­ceased. So, there is no need to run to any uncle or family members when a worker dies in the course of work.” He said.

Represented by the General Manager, Administration of NSITF, Segun Bashorun, at the occasion, Mr Somefun added that the scheme seeks to protect the integrity of the family, boost education and insulate families against becoming destitute after the demise of their breadwinner.

“With 90% of remuneration of the deceased paid directly to his wife, the standard of the fam­ily will not drop drastically. The beauty of this scheme is that the money is paid directly to the spouse and not to any extended family. So, families cannot get their hands on it. It is not a next-of-kin matter at all. Other ben­efits like gratuities and group life assurance are paid to whoever is the next-of-kin.” His words.

Meanwhile, He hinted that the that the Fund presently pays 332 families monthly death benefits, and is reinforcing its safety activi­ties in year.
He also said; “We have placed about 1,000 of our staffers on safety management. This will empower us to descend into the work arena to exercise one of our major mandates, which is to enforce health and safety in the work environment.”

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