*Pays courtesy visit to Urhobo Traditional Rulers Council
By Tosan Edematie
The Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund Management (NSITF) Prince Austin Enajemo-Isire, has called on leaders of the business, corporate, industrial and financial sectors of Asaba, Warri and other major towns and cities in Delta State, to embrace the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS).
He made the call at Olomu, Ughelli South LGA, Delta State during an interactive session with business and community leaders from Asaba and Warri, held at Jakesville57 River Beach and Farm Resort, Ovwodokpokpo-Olomu.
The NSITF Chairman, who was accompanied to the event by top Management Executives of the Insurance Trust Fund, while urging the business and corporate leaders to enroll their staff for the social insurance cover provided by the fund in line with the provisions of the Employees Compensation Act 2010, assured them that “NSITF has been re-positioned with newly-inaugurated Executives and a reinvigorated management Board.” He said the new team is poised to deliver on the mandate of the fund, declaring that the dark days of the fund are over. “With the recent repositioning of the new Managers, both at executive and Board level as recently inaugurated by the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. (Dr) Chris Ngige, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, the days of negative stories about the Fund are now in the past,“ Enajemo-Isire asserted.
He explained further: “This business interactive session is in line with the recently approved work plan to change the narratives, and to realize the vision and mission set by the Federal Government. Furthermore, these actions by the new team are meant to positively project NSITF to business communities and critical stakeholders for better appraisal of its activities, functions, strategic relevance as well as to develop radical business frontiers to enhance acceptance and participation to the attainment of the targeted goals.”
Scope of the Employment Compensation Scheme
The NSITF board chairman also explained to the gathering of business leaders what the scope of the ECS Scheme is, and the opportunities it provide in terms of social security/insurance cover for all organizations. He emphasized on the need for organized business operators and corporate executives having a staff strength ranging from three and above to key into the ECS scheme so as to enjoy the benefits.
Enajemo-Isire, a financial expert and insurance guru of over 32 years in the risk management industry, submitted that the benefits of getting enrolled in a social insurance scheme as offered by NSITF cannot be over-emphasised. He stressed that the scheme is out to provide social protection that guarantees fair and adequate compensation to any staff who suffered occupational hazards while in the active service of a registered employer or organization.
Charge to Staff of NSITF, Warri
Earlier in the day, the Chairman and his team visited the Warri Branch office of the fund along Warri/Sapele Road, Effurun, where he charged the staff to purge themselves of all old habits, which, he pointed out, had done the Fund no good.
Hear him: “For us to effect the desired changes and realize the objectives of the Institution, going forward, we must first shelve all old habits and position ourselves to effect all necessary positive changes as a panacea to the growth and development of the fund.”
He expressed confidence that with a change of attitude and entrepreneurial spirit, the Fund will deliver quality services to Nigerian workers for the overall benefits of all stakeholders including the staff themselves.
The chairman assured the staff that excellent performance will be rewarded and promised to ensure that the Executive Management addressed their requests promptly
Responding, on behalf of his team, the Regional Manager expressed great joy at the team’s visit, which, he said, has not occurred for a very long while in the history of the fund. He promised to key into the ongoing change mantra in the Fund.
Urhobo Royal Fathers urged to encourage subjects to enroll for social insurance protection
Meanwhile, the NSITF Chairman and other top management staff used opportunity of the visit to Asaba regional office and Warri branch office to pay a courtesy call on the Council of Urhobo Traditional Rulers at the palace of their Chairman, HRM, Dr Richard Layeguen Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, JP, OON, RDN, Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom.
The NSITF Chairman used the medium to appeal to the Monarchs and other eminent personalities present to encourage their subjects having business ventures and other Nigerian entrepreneurs to not only register their organizations, but also enroll their staff for the social insurance protection cover provided by the fund.
The highlight of the visit was the presentation of copies of the various NSITF Legislations and other documents to the Royal Fathers.
The Royal Fathers later offered prayers and blessings on the NSITF delegation, as well as the Trust Fund.
The courtesy visit was also attended by prominent sons and community leaders of the Urhobo Nation.