THE ENDOWMENT POLICY

Stop jumping on the road to arrest vehicles – FRSC

Stop jumping on the road to arrest vehicles, FRSC warns officers

The Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Ogun and Lagos State operations of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Samuel Obayemi, has said from January to date, the company has recorded 143 cases of assaults, harassment, knockdowns, abductions, and attacks on staff.

He said that the incident of knocking down of the FRSC operatives rose from 18 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.

“Several unfortunate incidents have claimed the lives of staff with others being injured. We have knockdowns while on duty which total 62. So far, six deaths have been recorded and 73 injured.

“So, as commanding officers, we are expected to regularly brief our officers and marshals, who go on patrol. We need to tell them on a daily basis what we expect them to do.

“Wrong position, jumping on the road to stop vehicles are some of the factors responsible for some of the knockdowns that we have recorded so far.

“Most of these negative reports that we are getting are all emanating from patrol misconducts,” the News Agency of Nigeria quotes Obayemi as saying.

He said the command is also worried over the penchant for operatives of the establishment to engage in under-hand activities while on duty.

According to the top official of the FRSC, operatives of the corps routinely engage in illegal activities, ranging from extortion, bribery, and misconduct while on duty on highways.

He said the development was rubbishing the image of the organisation once known for parading itself as an organisation where corruption is low.

The officer said the corps was also worried over reports of the increasing rate of attacks on officers while on duty.

Speaking at the FRSC Zone RS2 Fourth Quarter 2019 Retreat on “Building Capacity towards Effective Implementation of Operation Zero Tolerance”, Obayemi told commanding officers of the establishment to expose bad eggs in the company.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that exposing bad people in the FRSC was crucial for the company to move forward and achieve its set goals.

Making remarks on crime and criminality involving staff of the company, Obayemi, pleaded with officers to redeem the image of the FRSC, noting that no corrupt officer should be shielded.

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Almond Productions promotes customer satisfaction

by Nike Popoola

Almond Productions Limited, promoters of the annual Insurance Consumers’ Forum, says it is committed to ensuring a platform for operators and the insuring public to promote better customer experience in the insurance industry.

A statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Almond Productions Limited, Faith Ughwode, said the ICF which started in 2013, provided a robust platform for interaction between insurance practitioners and the insuring public on issues that bothered on excellent customer service delivery.

Following the success of previous editions, she said it was ready for the 2019 edition that would hold in November in Lagos, with the theme, “Creating and sustaining positive customers experience key to insurance growth in Nigeria.”

The forum this year would be chaired by the Managing Director, WJE Integrated Resources Ltd, Mr GUS Wiggle,the firm said

She explained that the grand finale of the forum this year would be the 2019 Insurance Industry and Consumers Nite, which would take place in the evening of the same day.

“The Insurance Industry and Consumers Nite is a social platform aimed at demystifying the insurance industry and connecting with the entertainment industry to create awareness about the importance and benefits of insurance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,” she stated.

Ughwode said the forum was bigger and better this year because of the scope of participants who were drawn from trade groups in the formal and informal sectors, federal and state government agencies and parastatals, officers from the various law enforcement agencies who had dealings with the enforcement of insurance in Nigeria.

PTAD verifies 11,363 pensioners in North-Central

by Nike Popoola

the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate says it has verified 11,363 parastatal pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme in the North Central region of the country.

It said the exercise produced a total of 11,363 verified parastatal pensioners during the two-week exercise.

The breakdown of the numbers verified showed Ilorin Centre had the highest number with 3,453 pensioners, followed by Lokoja Centre with 3,269 pensioners.  Jos Centre had 2,895 and Minna Centre had 1,746 verified pensioners.

In line with PTAD’s tradition, the pensioners were treated with respect and empathy, it said in a statement.

According to the directorate, the exercise was conducted in a conducive environment where pensioners were provided with lunch and medical facility to take care of any emergencies.

The Senate Committee Chairman on Establishment and Public Service, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, was at Lokoja centre to monitor the exercise.

He said he was satisfied with the verification processes and promised the support of the NASS to the directorate.

The Executive Secretary, PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, who was on ground at various verification centres while the exercise lasted, appreciated members of the National Assembly for their support for the senior citizens and PTAD towards improving the welfare of pensioners.

She also thanked the members of staff for their commitment and the pensioners for their cooperation.

She assured that the upcoming verification exercise in Abuja would include all the feedbacks received during the North Central verification exercise.

The next phase of the verification exercise was scheduled to hold in Abuja from November 18, 2019.

It stated, “Pensioners who missed the exercise in their zone should take the opportunity of Abuja verification exercise to be verified. Pensioners do not need to be anxious about being verified as the directorate has the capacity to verify all pensioners who present themselves for the verification within the period slated for the exercise.”

PTAD said the exercise was strictly for parastatal pensioners and did not include Customs, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Service, Police pensioner and others that had already been verified by PTAD.