By Ndife David – (ABS News)
As part of cooperate social responsibility, the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Sir. Chido Obidiegwu has signed the Employees Compensation Scheme Form to enroll staff of the institution into the National Social Insurance Trust Fund Scheme.
The Employee’s Compensation Scheme is a program aimed at providing compensation to employees in the event of death, injury, disability, or disease arising out or during employment, whether at the place of work or outside of it. It also provides compensation to the next-of- kin of an employee who dies at work or in the course of work.
In a welcome address, the Managing Director Of ABS, Sir Chido Obidiegwu while appreciating the NSITF Officers for providing the opportunity for members of staff of the ABS to benefit from the program, noted that the scheme is in line with the mantra of Gov Soludo.
He noted that the welfare scheme will encourage both government and private employees in the state to work and contribute their best quota in helping Prof. Chukwuma Soludo led administration in building the livable, prosperous megacity promised and also assured that he will ensure every staff in the institution enrolls in the scheme to boast to encourage commitment and boost productivity.
Also speaking, the NSITFHead of inspection department, Awka Branch, Mr. Ndubuisi Ikechukwu Moretti, while describing the institution as a social security program stated that the major aim of the scheme is to provide a fair, guaranteed and adequate compensation for all insured employees in cases of emergencies and also to promote the enforcement of occupational safety and good health standards in workplaces.
According to him, the ECS provides both monetary and nonmilitary benefits as it helps to create a robust and easier platform for the employee to access claims procedure which are most times simple, fast and less cumbersome in cases of emergencies for either the employee or their dependents in death cases.
Contributing, the Head Of Informal sector
Meanwhile, the Head Of Legal Team Awka Branch, Barr Emeka Onunkwo stated that under the Employees Compensation Act (2010), provides a speedy and adequate compensation resolution of disputes without recourse to the court as obtained under the repealed Workmen Compensation Act (WCA) in which most categories of compensation has to be resolved by the law court.
He went further to say that the ECA as a better employee’s welfare scheme provides for monthly or periodic payment for life as against the repealed WCA which only provides a lump sum payment to the dependent of the deceased worker.
The Director, News, And Current Affairs Department of ABS, Mr. Gabriel Okpalaze, Head Of Administration, Mrs. Tina Ekenta, Head Of Commercial, Mrs. Beatrice Akwanamye, ABS Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Judith Echeta And the Complaint Officer of NSITF In Awka, Ngige Chinyere among others were also present at the event.