Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has identified the lack of a reliable National Data Bank as an impediment to national development.
He said this as he met a delegation of the Nigeria Insurance Trust Fund, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive, Alhaji Umar Abubakar, in Government House, Benin City.
“The crisis we have is the problem of not having a reliable national data bank and until we fix that, we will continue to have serious challenges managing schemes like this and dealing with smart guys who take advantage of certain gaps to perpetuate certain practices which makes management of social security very difficult."
“In other countries, if you have any transaction, the first question is what your social security number and with that your data and everything can be assessed, for all sorts of purposes. But these are huge challenges and I know that part of that we tried to address, when I was there trying an update on membership contribution. I imagine the challenges you are dealing with. The more products you have the bigger the challenges that arise from implementation of goals. I think one of the major problems I see is that there was not enough communication between NSITF, state and local government on the essence of this particular aspect of employee compensation,” Oshiomhole said.
He remarked further, “The next point is to enlighten the state governments and unions in the public sector who are in the employment of state governments that may well substantially explain why state governments have not been very enthusiastic about the scheme.”
The Governor advised the NSITF to concentrate more on workers in the processing industries like the textile, rubber and cement among others which he said were prone to serious work hazards.
Abubakar said the delegation was in Edo State to update the Governor on their new products and solicit his support to woo other state governors to patronize the employees’ compensation scheme.
He said the scheme, which started in July 2011, had over 10 000 employers including the Federal Government, with over 1 million employees contributing.
He urged the state government to take the lead among other states of the federation.
- CAJ News