Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar has approved the implementation of a Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy (GPAIP) for all Airforce personnel.
In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet says the need to review and implement a specialized insurance scheme to address hazards and unique challenges became imperative, because several insurance policies administered by the Ministry of Defence and the NAF investment limited do not, however, adequately address some peculiar challenges encountered in the course of the careers of personnel.
At a brief agreement signing ceremony with the approved insurance broker held at NAF headquarters, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar said that under the GPAIP, NAF personnel would be incentivized to give their utmost best with the assurance of adequate care in the event of disability or death during military operations, or any form of accident.
He pointed out that the execution of military operations exposes personnel to diverse levels of hazards with life-altering consequences of fatalities, hence the nees to continuously review existing policies to cater for personnel well-being.
The contract with the insurance brokers aims to provide compensation for bodily injuries, death, disablement and payment of medical expenses solely and directly caused by accidentals, external, violent and visible means to any of the insured personnel.
Furthermore, the scheme would provide compensation to the families of personnel who accidentally lost their lives during operations, as well as salary re-imbursement of the injured personnel to the NAF in the event of hospitalization.
According to the statement, the major difference with the new GPAIP and the already existing Group Life Assurance Policy (GLAP) is that unlike the GLAP which benefits only the family of personnel in the event of death and does not cater for medical expenses arising from accidents, the GPAIP is all encompassing, benefitting personnel, families in event of death as well as covering medical bills, compensation for temporal or permanent disability and death among others.