By Uzoma Nzeagwu
Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) said that it
would begin a health insurance scheme for commercial motorcyclists in
Anambra State by September this year.
Chairman of the body, Celestine Anere, told newsmen in Awka that the
scheme, which is one of the welfare packages for members, is meant to
give beneficiaries access medical services from some selected hospitals.
Anere said it was the need to control high blood pressure and other
job hazards being suffered by the operators that necessitated the
scheme. According to him, the pilot scheme would commence in Awka South
council, and later extended to other areas, including Nnewi, Ihiala,
Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Umunze.
Each cyclist, he said, is expected to contribute N400 monthly to the
scheme, while married members would pay N800 each to cover their wives,
beneficiaries’ children under five years would access the services free,
while those above five would be considered through a tripartite