Factory Accident, Sudden Death, Doctor’s Negligence
- Five Feared dead in Ibadan Factory Accident – This day, Saturday Aug. 23, 2008.
- Lady looses 4 fingers to factory machine in Sango Ota – Punch, Feb. 2010
- February of deaths in Movie Industry: Four Actors die within 2 weeks – Punch, February 26, 2016
- Navy doctor’s negligence costs woman baby, womb, job, marriage. – Saturday Punch, October 23, 2010
- Lagos Hospital killed my only son – the agony of a mother whose only son died after treatment at a private hospital in Ojo, Lagos State – Punch, February 21, 2016.
OUR COLLECTIVE NEGLIGENCE
Petrol Tankers explode in the country every day and the victims expect the government to compensate them leaving the rich oil marketers alone.
THE APPLICABLE LAWS
A. EMPLOYEE’S COMPENSATION ACT,2010
(a). Section 1(a) – Objectives of the Act
Provide for an open and fair system of guaranteed and adequate compensation for all employees or their dependants for any death, injury, disease or disability arising out of or in the course of employment.
(b). Section 2(1) – Scope and Application
Subject to the provisions of section 3 and 70 of this Act, this Act shall apply to all employers and employees in the public and private sectors in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
(c). Section 71(1) – General Penalty
Any person who contravenes any provision of this Act for which no specific penalty is provided, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N20,000 for the first case of non-compliance or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year or N100,000 for every subsequent case of non-compliance or to both such imprisonment and fine.
B. PENSION REFORM ACT, 2014
(a) Section 4(5) – In addition to the rates specified in sub-section (1) of this section, every employer shall maintain a Group Life Insurance Policy in favour of each employee for a minimum of three times the annual total emolument of the employee and premium shall be paid not later than the date of commencement of the cover.
e) Section 99(1) – A person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Act commits an offence and where no penalty is prescribed, shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than N250,000 or a term of not less than one year imprisonment or to both fine and imprisonment.
C. NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME ACT, 1999
Section 45 – Insurance Indemnity of Healthcare Providers.
A Healthcare Provider (Medical Centre, Institution, Professional) shall be required to take a professional indemnity cover from an insurance company approved by the council.
Section 30 – Prosecution of Offenders.
Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Act shall be prosecuted by:
a) The Attorney-General of the state or any Legal officer in the Ministry of Justice of the state.
Ignorance of the Law is not an excuse