Illoh briefs Buhari on employees compensation scheme

Clement Illoh• Urges NPA to pay workers’ salaries • Raises panel on PMAN crisis

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will today have a broader knowledge of the implementation of the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) during a briefing by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh.

While Illoh is expected to brief the President on all ongoing projects and developments in the labour sub-sector, he will, most importantly inform Buhari on the job creation initiatives embarked upon by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the social security schemes currently executed by the NSITF. Indeed, the bill, which added old pension and unemployment social security schemes embedded in the amended Employees Compensation Act that replaced the Workmen Compensation Act of 1963, was passed by the sixth National Assembly but former President Goodluck Jonathan did not accent to the ill before he left office. It was gathered that the NSITF may likely get the nod to include social security for the unemployed persons as promised by the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the campaigns. Dr. Illoh will also be briefing the President on the role productivity is expected to play in economic development of the country and the impacts the recently conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit on some individual and organizations by the National Productivity Centre (NPC) on the improvement of economic activities.

In a related development, Dr. Illoh has charged the National Ports Authority (NPA) hasten the payment of salary arrears of stevedoring workers in order to avert industrial crisis in the maritime sector.

He gave the charge while responding to a letter from the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) complaining the slow pace of payment of the eight months’ salary arrears of its members nationwide.

He reiterated the contents of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the conclusions of the meeting held with the management of NPA and Federal Ministry of Transport over the non-payment of dockworkers. The Permanent Secretary further re-emphasized the need for the parties to adhere to the provisions of the agreements with a view to sustaining peaceful industrial relations harmony.

Illoh therefore urged the Nigeria Ports Authority and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to maintain peace without distracting the existing harmony in the maritime sector, which is very critical to the nation’s economy.

He has also urged the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) to conduct credible general election and bring about sustainable peace and harmony in the music industry.

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