27 September 2023

NIGERIA: PS chief berates tardy death pay-outs

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Head of Nigeria’s Public Service, Folasade Yemi-Esan has berated insurance companies over the late payment of death benefits to the relatives of deceased Public Servants.

Speaking to a meeting of underwriters who were called to her office in Abuja to discuss the problem, Ms Yemi-Esan (pictured) said the Federal Government was doing its best to improve the welfare of families of deceased workers through the prompt release of funds for the payment of death benefits.

However, the underwriters and brokers were frustrating these efforts with “their unserious attitude”.

“This non-performance is unacceptable and must be remedied…if the brokers are no longer relevant, then they should be blacklisted,” Ms Yemi-Esan said.

“From figures in my possession it is clear there is a huge gap between the number of claims reported and those paid.”

Underwriters’ spokesperson, Segun Omosehin promised to bridge the existing gap between the underwriters and the brokers.

“I admit this is a major issue responsible for the late payment of claims to families of departed Civil Servants,” Mr Omosehin said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) in Nasarawa State has decried the appointment of non-career Public Servants to heads of Departments.

Chair of the ASCSN, Haruna Ewa said the appointments were leading to low productivity.

“The Association also opposes the extension of the tenure of Civil Servants beyond the mandatory 35 years of service or 60 years of age,” Mr Ewa said.

“This will bring about permanent stagnation of Civil Servants who are working hard to reach the peak of their careers.”

Abuja, 8 September 2022

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