FG orders verification of academic ,NYSC certificates of NSITF staff

By Favour Nnabugwu 




The Federal Government  has directed the verification of the academic and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates of staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the directive to the reconstituted board of the Fund, shortly after their inauguration, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ngige also charged the new board to ensure the full implementation of the NSITF Restructuring Report and conclusion of Electronic NSITF (E-NSITF) Phases I and II, to enable maximum collection of contributions from public and private sectors, as well as move into the informal sector of the economy.

The Minister called for the intensification of operational drive in the public sector, which is within the dimension of the formal economy, to ensure that national and sub-national governments (states) move towards universal coverage to all the workers in Nigeria.

He mandated the new board to do their best to build a new NSITF, noted for accountability, transparency and other principles characteristic of good governance.

The Minister expressed optimism that with the new board, the era of the media feasting on NSITF activities was over.

According to him, “Within the next eight weeks, you have to screen NYSC and certificates of all staff of the Fund. I have cause to say so. When I see letters written by staff, including people in management positions, I start wondering if they obtained General Certificate of Education (GCE).

“You should screen out impostors with fake educational and NYSC certificates.”

On the restructuring of NSITF, Ngige recalled that the President approved the implementation of the Restructuring Report, which the previous board could not conclude.

He directed the new board to ensure the full implementation of the report.

Stressing the importance of the E-NSITF, he noted that the platform would enable employers to make payments from the comfort of their offices while NSITF monitors from its own offices, hence, promoting transparency and accountability in the Fund.

He urged the new board to ensure that employers in the public and private sector key into the provisions of Employee Compensation Act 2010.

He also appealed to employers of labour in the nation to eschew subjectivity and key into the ECA 2010 and all its benefits to the workplace occupational safety and health.

Senator Ngige explained that the Act is a national law which drew from the provisions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 102, and replaced the old Workmen Compensation Act.

He urged employers to consistently make their statutory contributions to the fund for the security of their workers and aid nationally in the promotion of the decent work agenda.

He said apart from the implementation and enforcement of the ECA, the job of the fund would be expanded in the future to include other critical and thematic areas of thr ILO Convention no. 102, which the government of Nigeria in tripartite consultation with social partners, intends to ratify in parts owing to it’s expansiveness.

Responding, the new Chairman of the Board, Mr. Emmanuel Nwosu thanked Buhari for giving them the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the country.

Nwosu said he recognised the essence of NSITF to cater for various aspects of social security including protection of the world of work.

Also speaking, the new Managing Director, Mrs. Maureen Allagoa said she realises the burden placed on her, being the first woman appointed to administer the affairs of the fund.

The Publisher, THE WILL, loses Mother, Roseline Obiajulu Oganah at 83

By Favour Nnabugwu
The Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, THEWILL Newspaper and Downtown Magazine, Prince Austyn Ogannahhas lost the Mother, Roseline Obiajulu Oganah at the age of 83years
The death of his mother who passed on on February 20, 2023 was announced in a release patomabusinessonline.com got a copy from.
The Oganah family of Ogbe-Obi, Onicha-Ugbo Kingdom in Delta State announces the passing on to glory of our matriarch, Ezinne Princess Roseline Obiajulu Oganah (née Uzomah).
Princess Oganah transited peacefully at her Agbara residence on February 20, 2023 at the age of 83. Before her death, she served as a Vice Principal in the Delta State Civil Service.
She is also survived by Mr. Uche Maidoh, Prince Tony Oganah, Dr. Beatrice Oganah-Ikunjeyo, Dr. Pamela Irabor and Prince Alfred Oganah
Funeral plans will be announced later.
Attack On PDP Chieftains in CRS…Group makes a case for Victims 

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Several reactions have continued to trail the recent attack on some PDP Chieftains in Akpabuyo Local Government of Cross River State who recorded losses of several millions of naira following a mayhem unleashed on them by Political thugs allegedly sponsored by the APC .
A Political group under the aegis of the PDP Rescue Mission Support Group (RMSP),condemned the attack on the Chieftains which  left some persons hospitalized calling on the Party Hierachy to see the need to come to the aid of the victims through some sort of compensations
The convener of the group, Hon. Dennis Abang made the call in a press statement made available to newsmen in Calabar on Tuesday.
The group bemoaned the indifference of the national which has kept mum over the mayhem unleashed on members including a serving state executive member.
While calling on the Party at the national level to reach out to members who suffered various degree of losses, it noted that many of them were still stranded with their families weeks after the mayhem.
While noting that the aim of the attack was to scare prospective voters and supporters of PDP,  Abang said reaching out to those attacked would serve as motivation for them in the task ahead.
“I am making reference to the Akpabuyo mayhem because I am aware that all those whose houses were destroyed have not been reached by the leadership of the party, especially at the national level.
“The need to empathise with them is necessary because it was as a result of their involvement with the PDP that they suffered such damage,” he stated.
Recall that weeks ago about 10 Chieftains of the PDP including the state Organizing Secretary of the Party, Hon Francis Ekeng were attacked and their houses , cars including household items carted away by their attackers suspected to be thugs loyal to the APC in the area.
On the unity of the party at all level which he said was sacrosanct to the Party’s victory, the group bemoaned the inability of the party to manage the crisis with the G5, urged the leadership of the party to avoid any slip at the 11th hour.
He said the ability of the party executives at all levels to manage  issues at this critical time would help the party achieve victory in the general elections.
He particularly called on the PDP to urgently initiate move to assuage the feelings of any aggrieved member no matter the status of such a member or members.
According to him, “We are at critical hour now before the elections and we must do all, including reaching out to any perceived aggrieved members of the party for the ultimate victory to be achieved.
The group concluded with the promise to deliver over 5 million votes from all the South South states for the party Presidential candidates, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.