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NSITF recruits new staff amid dearth of working tools 

By John Akubo, Abuja
25 January 2022   |   2:51 am
With staff members lacking basic tools such as desks and chairs to work with, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has recruited about 400 new staff.

Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) office. Photo: FACEBOOK/

With staff members lacking basic tools such as desks and chairs to work with, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has recruited about 400 new staff.
      
While the details of where all the new staffers were posted were unclear, it was gathered that 50 new recruits were sent to Lagos regional office and the four branch offices, while Gwagwalada in the FCT got 66, Kaduna 26 and 15 were posted to Asaba, Delta state.

      
In the FCT office, for example, staff have had to purchase chairs themselves to sit while tables to work on have been a challenge within space that is considered too tight. 
     
In its desire to create a more conducive environment for the staff, the management recently relocated its Abuja office from its Port Harcourt crescent to Wuse Zone five, but it was learnt that the space in the new office is still an issue.
      
A statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Ijeoma Oji-Okoronkwo said the recruitment will further the reforms that have been initiated by the Fund under the Chairman of its reconstituted Management Board, Mr Austin Enajemo-lsire. 
    
It would be recalled that the Fund had, in the third quarter of 2021, embarked on a massive redeployment of staff, which placed them where their productivity would be enhanced. 

The statement said: “Thereafter, the NSITF in December 2021 recruited suitable and qualified Nigerians in different cadres into its services to address the manpower gaps in the Fund, especially in the northern regions and Lagos State. 
     
“The recruitment exercise also opened up opportunities for the employment of disabled persons in fulfilment of the vision and mission of the Fund regarding the vulnerable group in line with our renewed focus on social security intervention and mandate.”
 

    
The statement quoted the Managing Director of NSITF, Dr Michael Akabogu as saying: “The recruitment exercise went through all due processes and approvals, ranging from Presidential, Head of Service of the Federation, Budget Office, and the Federal Character Commission on geopolitical consideration to due selection processes by consultant on behalf of the Fund.” 
     
Oji-Okoronkwo assured that the fund will continue to provide compensation for workers who suffer workplace or work-related accidents and also ensure prompt payment of compensations to enrollees. 
     
She said the fund is implementing 50 carefully identified objectives, which were approved by relevant authorities to reinvigorate the provision of its social security mandate.