Safe Workplace Intervention Project (SWIP)
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ABOUT NECA AND NSITF

NECA

NECA is the umbrella organization of employers in the Organized Private Sector (OPS) of Nigeria. It was established in 1957 to provide the forum for the government to consult with private sector employers on socio-economic and labour policy issues.

NECA, thus, provides a platform for private sector employers to interact with government, labour, communities and other relevant organizations in and outside Nigeria for the purpose of promoting harmonious business environment that will engender productivity and prosperity for the benefit of all.

NIGERIA SOCIAL INSURANCE TRUST FUND (NSITF)

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was established vide Decree No. 73 of 1993 to succeed the defunct National Provident Fund (NPF), which had been in operation since 1961.

Prior to the enactment of the Pension Reform Act in 2004, NSITF provided a Defined Benefit Scheme through Social Insurance method for employees in the Organized Private Sector. The Scheme covered contingencies of Old Age, Invalidity, Survivor and Emigration (for contributing members relocating permanently outside Nigeria)

The assets of the defunct NSITF Scheme were transferred to the Trustfund Pensions PLC – (the Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) set up by NSITF to cater for contributors to the defunct Scheme). The Fund, thereafter took on the responsibility of implementing the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA), 2010.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Employees’ Compensation Act, (ECA), 2010, managed by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), makes comprehensive provisions for the payment of compensation to employees who suffer from occupational diseases or sustain injuries arising from accidents at workplace or in the course of employment. Its provisions apply to employers and employees in both the Public and Private Sectors of the economy, irrespective of the number of employees an employer may have. However, despite the provision of a robust and adequate compensation for employees who sustain injuries in the course of their employment, the fact remains that employees would rather look forward to retiring in one piece than live with the agony of injuries for the rest of their lives.

In their zeal to enhance safety at workplaces, NECA and the NSITF are collaborating to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the Employees’ Compensation Act, (ECA), 2010 and ensure its full compliance.

The aim of the emanating Project, aptly tagged, the NSITF-NECA Safe Workplace Intervention Project ( SWIP), is to promote a safe workplace and minimize the rate of industrial accidents.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

OPERATIONAL MODALITIES OF SWIP

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NSITF and NECA in November 2011, the full implementation of the Project commenced in April 2012, with the following distinctive but mutually inclusive components:
1. Occupational Safety and Health Audit
This is a Periodic, currently annual, OSH Audit of NSITF contributing companies in the six geo-political zones of the country. An average of 25 per zone are invited to participate in the OSH Compliance Audit annually.
2. Capacity Building Programmes
Capacity Building Programmes are organized for Audited contributing employers every year. The Audit Report highlights the applicable Training Needs for all audited companies.
The Capacity Building Programme are grouped into three categories viz;
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Course for Managers
  • Basic Occupational Health and Safety Course for Junior Staff
  • Training for Emergency Response Team
3. Interactive Enlightenment Forum on the Employees’ Compensation Act, 2010
The essence of the annual forum is to create a platform to be more conversant with the provisions and operational modalities of the Act, particularly with respect to its Scope, Application, Procedures for Reporting Injuries & Making Claims, Scale of Compensation, Assessment of Employers’ Contributions, Penalties for Non-compliance. The forum also addresses the challenges employers are having with compliance as well as strategies for improving on the scheme.
4. Safe Workplace Intervention Project Annual Awards Ceremony
The NSITF-NECA SWIP Annual Awards Ceremony is designed to reward and encourage companies that are Occupational Safety and Health compliant as well as support those that are not compliant. Compliant companies are rewarded with gifts such as Bus Ambulances, Car Ambulances, while non-compliant companies are aided with OSH infrastructure as recommended for in the Audit Report to enhance their compliance prospects.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE PROJECT

An independent administrative structure has been instituted to ensure a hitch-free implementation of the Project. At the Apex is a Policy Board, which is responsible for policy making. It comprises of the Chief Executives of the NSITF and NECA and two representatives each of both organisations.
There is then a Technical Committee whose members are two representatives each of the NSITF and NECA not below the level of Director. The Committee handles the technical and operational issues and reports to the Board.
A Project Desk, situated at NECA, is charged with the responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the Project while the NSITF funds it.

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HEAD OFFICE

NECA House

Plot A2, Hakeem Balogun Street,
Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tel: 234-1-3422356/01-3422857

Call Florence

LIAISON OFFICES

ABUJA: 4th Floor, Room 4-11,
75, Ralph Shodeinde Street, Central Area, Abuja
Tel: 234-9-8703414, 08181841815
PORT HARCOURT/DELTA: Plot 26, Danjuma Drive,

Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Tel: 234-0-8164872184, 0-9092757148

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