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Why NIA is Opposed to Workmen’s Compensation under NSITF—Ladipo-Ajayi

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Olusola Ladipo-Ajayi, chairman of the Nigerian Insurers association, (NIA) has reiterated the association’s commitment to its stand that the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, is not competent to handle the workmen’s compensation for workers. According to him, their superior argument is hinged on truth and nothing but the truth. He argued that workmen’s compensation fall within the traditional area of insurance which is within the commercial insurance subject area. He said right from time, workmen’s compensation has never been part of social insurance, stressing that injury and death of workmen have always been covered in the commercial market worldwide. He agreed that the Workmen Compensation Act requires amendment and most of the provisions of the Employees Compensation Bill are welcome by the insurance industry, stressing however that in terms of providing the service, it runs contrary to government policy. “You cannot create a huge monopoly out of the administration of employees’ compensation in this country and entrust it with a corporation that has had problems performing its mandate in the past. We all know the story of NPF and we all know the story of NSITF. I am not talking about the institutions now, what I am saying is that with the way that acts is structured, it has always been covered traditionally,” he said.
Ladipo-Ajayi told media men recently that there are a number of issues that the NIA has raised against the bill, and of which it was depending upon the integrity of the National Assembly to look into. He stressed that under this present provision’s there are discriminative provisions, especially for women, and “one of  the things that we don’t really like is that, when two workmen are involved in an injury, in a particular incident, and both of them are on the same scale, they have spent the same number of years, serving their employer, the amount of benefit they will derive from the injury or death will depend on certain variables that have not got anything to do with their employment.” he said. Using the foreman as a basis for explanation, he said if a foreman has spent ten years and the other foreman has spent ten years, if  there was an explosion in the factory where they were both working and both of them died, how are you now talking about the number of wives, as if you looked at the family history of an employee before you pay their salaries, that has nothing to do with employment, one man may have a wife, the other may not have, another one may have four wives, but their remuneration has nothing to do with their family size. He explained that “in ordinary insurance, there is an element of discrimination, somebody who works in a construction company, who is opened to more physical injury, should pay higher than someone who is a clerk, a civil servant or who is a banker.” But if you are now “asking the staff of major construction companies, who are constructing bridges, roads, and power station, to pay one per cent of their wages, and you are asking bankers to pay one per cent of their own wages too, what it means is that one party is paying less than the risk he’s introducing, and other party paying much more than the risk he’s introducing, one party is subsidizing the other.” He explained that when you look at rating regime in the Workmen Compensation Act, you see that it takes these elements of discrimination into consideration; the clerk pays about 0.75 per cent because the risk of injury is less. You cannot compare that with someone who spends the greater part of his day on the road. Explaining the volume of premium which workmen’s compensation has contributed over time, he stated that the “Workmen Compensation Act only stipulates the benefit accruable to every employee in given circumstances of injury and death, and there is a provision that the minister of labour  should make a regulation making the insurance against those employers liability compulsory. But throughout the life of that Act, no regulation was made.” He added that even in Britain, they don’t talk of Workmen Compensation Act, they talk of employers’ liability, because originally, workmen compensation was meant for lowly paid workers, and sometimes in 1970’s, Britain paid employers liability and they took care of all employees, from the chief executive to messengers, not limited it to daily paid workers alone. The NIA boss stated that “one institution cannot manage all the employees in this country. As insurance companies, there are so many of us, if one insurance company does not do well, you can do business with another, but if the NSITF does not do well, where do you go from there? What is the process of seeking redress? Ordinarily, one of the things we pointed out to the National Assembly, is that in debating that Bill in the house, they ought to provide a comparative analysis of the new Bill with the Act it seeks to abolish, because everything about the Workmen Compensation is not totally useless but just specific, it makes it easy for any fool to calculate the Bill, to the extent that if you lose anything, however big or small, there is an amount to be paid. It is a one and for all Bill. You get you compensation in bulk and you go away. He stressed that the numbers of your dependant are immaterial. But the most important thing is that as an employee of a construction firm, and there is a particular incident, four of you are injured, all of you have equal treatment, because the salary your employer pays you is oblivious of your family size or sex.

 


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.

 

The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.

 

A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.

 

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.

 

Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.

 

They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.

 

According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.

 

However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”

 

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

 

Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.

 


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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