Climate change hits Nnewi residents as NSITF mounts sensitization campaign to douse effect

The Nnewi office of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) has held a sensitization rally on the impact of climate change on occupational safety and health in commemoration of World Day for safety and health at work 2024.

NSITF with the mandate of providing social security services to Nigerians took its campaigns to the major streets of the industrial town of Nnewi sensitizing residents and workers at selected factories and departmental stores.

The Assistant General Manager(AGM) and Nnewi branch manager of NSITF, Mrs Okereke Onyinye during an interactive session with the press said that the event was celebrated all over the world.

Mrs Onyinye disclosed that they set out to sensitize employers about their staff in relation to health challenges seen in work place especially with climate change which she said had necessitated change in approach to dressing and water intake.

The AGM NSITF noted the need to educate employers of staff on the implications of climate change had become imperative so as to ensure that they provided basic office equipment which would make workplace more conducive for the workers.

She advised guaranteed security, improved staff welfare, increased job satisfaction, increased employee morale, rehabilitation and return-to-work of injured employees, compensation payments, disabled employees pension payments and assured survival payment, among other things.

The AGM commended the industries, organisations and companies that had signed up with the NSITF, noting that they would never regret doing so.

Okereke, however, tasked the outfits that were yet to register with NSITF to do so for their own good.

“NSITF was established by an Act of Parliament, the employers make available one percent of their workers salaries which is not deducted from the workers take-home pay, once this is done, the organization takes care of the workers in case of an accident or death,” she noted.

AGM Francis Okeke and other staffers of the organization participated in the sensitisation programme.

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