FG Wants Prompt Reports, Payment Of Deceased Officers’ Death Claims

 

The Federal Government has appealed to the Group Life Assurance (GLA) desk officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to ensure prompt reports and settlement of dead officers in their various MDAs.

Dr Comfort Adeosun, Director Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), made the call at a meeting with GLA officers and representatives of Insurance Brokers and companies on Wednesday in Abuja.

Dr Adeosun, who is also director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary Social Welfare Office in HOCSF, said the prompt action was imperative to enable the deceased families get their claims on time.

According to her, the reports received by the HOCSF’s office is that deceased officers’ claims do take long period of time before the family receives the it.

She said Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, HOCSF, was interested in the general welfare of the public servants including early claims of dead officers in active service, adding that she was also interested in prompt response to their claims.

“I want to appreciate the staff of the insurance department, I love your speed, the energy in making sure that things work the way we want.

“The insurance administration department has been doing a lot of works and I am impressed how far we have gone, yet we need to improve.

“These days I have received a lot of report on late claims of deceased officers by their families.

“Why do we need to wait for two, three, five years before you write the claims, do you know the impacts of that. ”

While describing their tasks as important, she reminded the desk officers to acknowledge the psychological effects of such delay on deceased’s family.

“Let’s consider the school fees, the psychological effects on wife or husband or even the deceased parents who may still be alive.

“So, what you’re doing is important, you are touching lives and know that every time you are processing someone’s file, remember that it may be you tomorrow.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Alhaji Abubakar Maijama, Director Insurance Administration Department in HOS office said the government had approved the office to coordinate the procurement of group life insurance cover for all the government workers in compliance with 2024 PENSION Act.

Maijama further explained that the decision had made it mandatory for the office of the HOCSF to coordinate the procurement of group life insurance cover for all the government workers.

“We are all ware that the PENSION Reform Act 2014 section 4 sub-section 5, makes it mandatory for all employers of labour to provide Life Insurance Cover for their employees.

“Incompliance with the provision of the Act, the Federal Government approved that the office of the HOCSF should coordinate the procurement of group life insurance cover for all the government workers.

“The office carry out the process annually, appoints the insurance companies and assigned them to MDAs in compliance with the provision of the Act. “

According to him, the essence of doing that is to facilitate notifications, processing and carry out settlement of claims between the MDAs and the companies appointed to provide insurance cover.

“I am sure we are all aware of the current policy which is running from Feb. 9 2023 to Feb. 8, 2024. The implications is that in the next two weeks, the policy is about to lapse or expires. ”

In his contributions, Mr Adekunle Yemitan, Assistant General Manager HOGG Robinson Nigeria (Insurance Broker), explained that the essence of the meeting was to rob minds together to resolve some difficulties in the process of claims.

“Being desk officer is a very important seat we are all occupying and it is a task that we must see that we do it with all efforts and passion that we could put into it to get desired results especially as it has to do with death claims. “

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