NSITF pays N857m employee compensation claims in 2021
The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has said that it paid out N857, 754, 394.51 in employee compensation claims in 2021.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NSITF, Ijeoma Okoronkwo, disclosed this in a Friday statement.
The statement quoted General Manager, Claims and Compensation at NSITF, Barr. Nkiru Ogunnaike as making the disclosure at the 2022 Management Performance Review Conference of the Fund in Abuja
Ogunnaike noted that the sum was paid out for 18,128 claims, with Lagos and Abuja regions accounting for 7,688 and 4,223 of the claims.
The GM noted the disturbing case of an employee of Bougyeus Construction Company who sustained injury in the course of work, leading to total deafness in his two ears and requiring Cochlear Implant Surgery to enable him hear again.
“The Board of the NSITF sat and exhaustively deliberated on this case of 100% disability and graciously approved the sum of N14 million for the surgery.
“He has also been added to the monthly payroll of the NSITF/Employee Compensation Scheme Unit, pending successful operation and recovery, and if not, until he attains the age of 55,” Ogunnaike said.
Meanwhile, the General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, Dr. Kelly Nwagha explained that the department harps on the prevention of occupational accidents through proactiveness.
According to him, the department engages in regular occupational safety awareness campaigns for both employers and employees to ensure accident prevention in workplaces.
“In the year under review, the department has undertaken a total of 867 accident/ incident cases involving prompt medical intervention, identification of accurate root causes, proffering of correct remedial actions and collation of factual statistics.
“We have also carried out 690 Occupational Safety and Health awareness and enlightenment programmes, imparting improved knowledge base on participants (Employers & Employees) with sensitization topics tailored towards identified organizational needs. Participants were assessed before and after sensitization.
“We have equally taken 1426 occupational safety and health audit and investigation in the year under review,” Nwagha said.