The Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Austin Enajemo-Isire, has said the agency, paid claims of over 11,000 employees amounting to N1bn in 2021.

He said this on Saturday while addressing journalists on the repositioning move of the agency in Abuja.

The Chairman said the financial account of the fund which was in arrears of over seven years has been audited up to date with 2019 and 2020 currently under process and auditing.

He said, “Today, the NSITF is currently undergoing a transformation and repositioning to deliver on its core mandate in line with the vision of the fund.

“Therefore, a new beginning, a renewed hope weaved around a commitment to rebuild NSITF that the Nigerian workers will be proud of.

“It is gratifying to note that since the inauguration of the present executive management, the fund has been on a turnaround and a growth trajectory.

“This is one of the key promises made by the management board to change the narratives during their inauguration with a view to enthroning sound policies, accountability and probity.

“It may interest you to note that this year alone, well over 11,000 claims had been paid to different categories of claimants and more are being processed for payment.

“At the inception of this management board and as contained in the Honourable Minister of Labour’s Speech, the financial account of the fund was in arrears of over seven years but as we speak, this has been audited up to date with 2019 and 2020 currently under process and auditing.”

Enajemo-Isire added that NSITF continues to maintain presence in 11 regions and 56 branches across the nation to ensure easy accessibility by all employees and employers.

He said, “With these offices across the country, we will reach out to more Nigerians and ensure that every worker, both in the formal and informal sectors, are well protected.”

The Board Chairman added the Employee Compensation Act guiding the operations of NSITF, was a fall out of employee compensation scheme,  introduced and powered by an act of the parliament, known as ECA in  2010.

“The primary aims of the act is to provide fair and guaranteed compensation to any employee of a registered employer who suffers occupational hazard while on active service; either leading to death or disability.

“Since the enactment of the Act, we have seen a leap unto the mountain of progress and a low walk on the valleys of the not so good.”

He urged employers of labour both in the private and public sectors who had yet to key into the scheme to do so, as the board and new management are determined and yearning to deliver on their promises.

NSITF Managing Director, Dr Mike Akabodu in his speech explained that  N529.9m was disbursed to claimants between June and November this year.

He said the agency was undergoing transformation and repositioning for better service delivery to workers in the country.

He said, “The ongoing strategic repositioning of NSITF is geared towards opening up a new chapter for it devoid of controversy and bad image in whatever form.”

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