The General Manager of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Kelly Nwagba, has confirmed that the Fund has paid out compensation packages to victims of work hazards to the tune of N1 billion.
The sum, he said, was paid over a span of 5 years.
The GM made the disclosure in a ceremony marking the 2019 World Day for Safety and Health at Work last week.
Nwagba 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 sectors with the highest rate of victims are construction and manufacturing.
“The current management, when it 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 N1bn 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, (ECA 2010; Sec.1 (F)).
“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 ensure OSH standards, but where accidents and diseases occur, it rehabilitates and compensates as appropriate”.
While charging both employers and employees alike to be safety conscious at work, he noted that the construction and manufacturing sector recorded the highest number of work hazard victims.