FG Takes Step To Correct Lapses In Insurance Scheme

Alhaji Isa Sali, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, said on Wednesday that the Federal Government would take steps? to correct lapses in the implementation of the Group Life Assurance scheme for federal workers.

Sali, who said this while declaring open a? three-day training seminar for Desk Officers in the Ministries, Department and Agencies on proper documentation of the scheme, admitted that there had been some lapses in the scheme.

The seminar has the theme “Enhancement of Effective Implementation of Group Life Assurance Scheme for Federal Government Employees’’.

Sali, represented by Alhaji Mohammed Bashar, Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office, said since the launch of the scheme in 2008, it had been providing life insurance cover for all federal workers.

He said prior to the take off of the scheme, there were a series of sensitisation programmes to create awareness and understanding of its workings, especially by the Insurance Desk Officers in the MDAs.

“However, some lapses were observed in the processing and settlement of claims as well as proper documentation, which are capable of creating impediments in the efficient and effective implementation of the scheme.

“The purpose of this enhancement training programme, therefore, is to address these observed lapses,'' he said .

According to him, papers have been carefully selected to include a balanced array of topics that will facilitate the attainment of the objective of the scheme.

The head of service said the programme would avail the participants, the opportunity of clarifying issues that had been affecting the implementation of the scheme.

He urged all participants to utilise the opportunity of the training to acquire knowledge that would enhance their performance.

In his opening remarks, Mr Garuba Inuwa, Director, Service Welfare in the Common Service Office, said the efficient and effective implementation of the scheme was of? paramount? importance to the efforts being made by the present administration to deliver socio-economic services to Nigerians .

Inuwa said the training was targeted at enhancing the knowledge of the desk officers in order to facilitate greater efficiency in the implementation of the scheme in such a way that the lives of the dependants of “our fallen compatriots'' would be enhanced.