From left: Minister of science and Technology, Ogbonanya Onu, minister of trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelemah, minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo during a FEC meeting.   Photo: NAN

By Victor Ernest

Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige has urged organised labour to explore the social security opportunities in the Employees Compensation Act for the benefit of workers.

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The minister spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he declared during a two-day retreat for top management staff of agencies under the ministry.

The retreat is on ”Improving Service Delivery in Agencies of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment’’.

The law is a social security and welfare scheme that provides comprehensive compensation for workers.

”We ask you to go a step further. The Employees Compensation Act being implemented by Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NISTF) today is for the benefit of workers and also for their employers.

”It protects workers from accidents, death and disabilities in the course of work. It makes provision for their families to be protected financially too.

”The dependents in the family can be trained up to university level while the widow or widower is given something for sustenance.

”It is a social protection that must be exploited by labour, NISTF being a tripartite organisation where labour and employers under the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association have representatives on the board,” he said.