FG urged to har­mo­nize so­cial se­cu­rity poli­cies

Daily Trust - - LABOUR -

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has been urged to har­mo­nize and co­or­di­nate var­i­ous so­cial se­cu­rity pro­grammes presently ex­e­cuted in var­i­ous gov­ern­ment min­istries, de­part­ments and agen­cies.

This call was made by the Gen­eral Man­ager and Head of So­cial Se­cu­rity of the Nige­ria So­cial In­sur­ance Trust Fund (NSITF) Mr. Ismail Agaka in Abuja while speak­ing on the chal­lenges con­fronting the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives in Nige­ria.

Agaka ex­plained that though the Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity is charged with reg­u­lat­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial se­cu­rity in the coun­try, it has not been em­pow­ered to carry out the func­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Nige­ria does not have a struc­tured so­cial se­cu­rity yet which need to be ur­gently ad­dressed.

“What Nige­ria has are var­i­ous so­cial se­cu­rity pro­grammes that are si­mul­ta­ne­ously im­ple­mented in at least nine MDAs. There­fore, the lack of syn­ergy is re­ally af­fect­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese pro­grammes. Nige­ria does not have a na­tional pol­icy on so­cial se­cu­rity. The last at­tempt at hav­ing a na­tional so­cial se­cu­rity pol­icy was the Gowon com­mit­tee re­port. The com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted a re­port but up till now, sev­eral years af­ter, there is no white pa­per pub­lished to en­able leg­is­la­tion on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee re­port. There is an ur­gent need for a na­tional so­cial pol­icy,” he said.

While laud­ing past ef­forts at ex­pand­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial se­cu­rity to Nige­ri­ans, Agaka stressed that Nige­rian has in­deed done very well as it cur­rently im­ple­ments seven out of the nine pro­grammes high­lighted by the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Con­ven­tion 102 even though most of them are in the for­mal sec­tor of the econ­omy.

“We there­fore have a sit­u­a­tion whereby the for­mal sec­tor em­ploy­ees mostly en­joy so­cial se­cu­rity pro­grammes. Mean­while, there is ILO dec­la­ra­tion that aims at ex­tend­ing so­cial se­cu­rity to all by the year 2020,” he said.

While un­der­lin­ing that the NSITF can­not work out­side of gov­ern­ment pro­grammes, he said the Em­ploy­ees Com­pen­sa­tion Scheme (ECS) of the NSITF is de­signed only for the pub­lic sec­tor as well as the or­ga­nized pri­vate sec­tor.

L-R: Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) Au­gus­tine Alegeh and NLC pres­i­dent Com­rade Ayuba Wabba dur­ing the NLC pres­i­dent cour­tesy call on the NBA pres­i­dent re­cently in Abuja.

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