Fashola tasks government on insurance compliance

Babatunde FasholaEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has pledged to lead the campaign to ensure government contractors complied with the 2010 Federal Workmens’ Compensation Act.

He said this would ensure protection of their workers as well as encourage commitment and dedication among the servants.

Fashola was Guest Speaker at this year’s National Insurance Conference in Abuja, where he spoke on the “Expected Role of Insurance in Infrastructural Development” as part of the overall theme of “Expanding National Resources and Infrastructure in Challenging Times.”

He said he would use his position to insist that all the state Controllers of Works in the country took steps to demand and ensure that all government contractors provide proof of compliance with the law.

“In my current role as minister, I can only offer now that I will be using this platform to insist that all our state controllers should take steps from today to demand and ensure that all our contractors provide proof of compliance with this law, by taking out insurance policy for their  workers,” he said.

He pledged to do his best to ensure compliance and protection for Nigerian workers.

The 2010 Federal Workmen’s Compensation Act, which repealed and replaced the 2004 legislation, makes provision for insurance cover for workmen in respect of occupational disease injury from accidents at the workplace or in the course of employment.

There are concerns however over compliance by some government contractors and private companies.

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