The Federal Government has ordered the screening of the academic and National Youth Service Corps certificates of staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave the order during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted board of the Fund on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the screening of the academic qualifications of the staff of the Fund was vital to avoid falsification of certificates.
To maintain, protect and promote a viable organisation, he disclosed having four major tasks before the new board.
He said, “Within the next eight weeks, you have to screen NYSC and certificates of all staff of the Fund. I have cause to say so.
“When I see letters written by staff, including people in management positions, I start wondering if they obtained a General Certificate of Education.
“You should screen out impostors with fake educational and NYSC certificates,‘’ he said.
Ngige also charged the new board to ensure the full implementation of the NSITF Restructuring Report and conclusion of Electronic NSITF Phases I and II.
On E-NSITF, Ngige noted that the platform would enable employers to make payments from the comfort of their offices while NSITF monitors from its own offices, hence promoting transparency and accountability in the Fund.
He urged the new board to ensure that employers in the public and private sectors key into the provisions of Employee Compensation Act 2010.
He therefore appealed to employers of labour in the nation to eschew subjectivity and key into the ECA 2010, and all its benefits to the workplace occupational safety and health.
He urged employers to consistently make their statutory contributions to the fund for the security of their workers and aid nationally in the promotion of the decent work agenda.