video clip has surfaced online showing staff of NSITF protesting over alleged gross mismanagement and plan by management to recruit unqualified personnel to fill phantom positions.
In the clip the protesters could be seen close to the headquarters of the government agency being supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) reports the staff in a pamphlet they made available to journalists in Abuja highlighted their grievances.
Read text below:
Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund is the Premier social security institution in Nigeria with over 5,000 workforce. This government agency has the responsibility of providing social insurance and safety net for all Nigerian workers in public and private sectors of the economy. The Social Insurance is funded by Employers of labor’s contributions but ought to be managed by the tripod of Government, Employers, and Employees. However, under the Nigeria MinisterÂ of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, successive Managers of the Fund have mismanaged the organisation with impunity by investing the funds into non-profitable ventures and white elephant projects. Over 60 Billion naira has been invested in the digitization of the organisation’s operations in the last 8years with next to nothing to show for it.
This wastages have negatively affected the core mandate of the organisation which is payment of compensations to injured/disabled/dead employees. It has also impacted negatively on the welfare of the agency’s workforce. An organisation that prides herself as being committed to employees’ welfare has shown great incompetence in management of her own 5,000 workforce who are grossly under-remunerated and demoralised by lack of career progression, as witnessed recently by the tactical demotion of over 4,000 staff. This unfriendly attitude of the Management towards her workforce has also affected the efficiency of staff in the implementation of the Employees’ Compensation act.
The continuous fraudulent contracts and projects being embarked on the the current management under the direct supervision of the Minister of labour and Employment must be promptly stopped, particularly the E- NSITF PROJECT which is nothing but a conduit pipe to cart away Employers’ Contributions to the tune of 15 Billion Naira. There’s urgent need for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to act swiftly and stop this fraud. Attention of Mr Bawa, EFCC chairman has been called to this fraudulent transaction earlier and nothing concrete has been seen to be done.
Also, the Management acting in accordance with the directives of the Minister is embarking on a last minute recruitment of unqualified individuals at top Management cadre to manage the affairs of the Fund. The Fund has been flooded with many staff many of whom parade fake certificates and were given top positions. What more could best describe nepotism? The Independent Corrupt practices and Other related offences Commission (ICPC) has not done enough to torch-light the activities of the organisation.
An immediate action needs to be taken by relevant stakeholders such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, the Nigeria Employers consultative Association (NECA), EFCC, and ICPC in order to prevent the eventual collapse of the organisation and to protect the general interest of nigerian workers who draw various compensations and benefits from this organisation.
The Minister of Labour and Employer is at the verge of setting up a conduit pipe which is expected to continue to service him even after he leaves of on or before May 29th, from the pool of Employers’ funds.
THE E-NSITF FRAUD MUST BE STOPPED NOW!!!
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