Fourteen Board of trustees were yesterday inaugurated at NASSIT’s head office by taking an oath of secrecy to serve for a period of three years.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony the Employment and Social Security minister, Minkailu Mansaray, said the calibre of the board was a splendid mix of well experienced citizens set to make their own mark in the development strides of the social security scheme.
Mr Mansaray told the board members to be committed to work as a team and to build on the levels and provide requisite policy initiatives. He also urged them to emulate the good examples of the past board and to work harder to improve on the status quo.
He reminded the board that social security in today’s competitive global economy was not only considered as a moral imperative, but an economic one.
Explaining further, the minister told the board that the core functions of NASSIT was its corporate social responsibility for which he said management at NASSIT was positively addressing that aspect.
Mr Mansaray said the positive developments at NASSIT were increasingly becoming a source of hope for hundreds of thousands of Sierra Leoneans now confident of their future.
Speaking on behalf of the board of trustees, the new board chairman Jacob S. Kanu said they had been following with close interest the positive strides NASSIT had been undertaking throughout their period of existence. “We trust that our coming into the scene will provide a further boost to those efforts already made in the recent past. We are coming as a board to further promote the integrity of the trust through the introduction of good governance”, he said.
The chairman explained that their first strategy would be to assess what NASSIT had been doing in the past few years, what programmes were currently undertaken, plans afoot for the short, medium and long terms. “This will guide my board to determine the future directional role of NASSIT as it is the primary business of the board to take the company into the future,” he noted.
He also said they would pay particular attention to providing transparent policies that could lead to contributory compliance generally as well as optimum investment performance.
The other board members are Dr Samura Kamara from Bank of Sierra Leone, Abdulai B.Koroma SLTU, Arthur Yaskey ,NIC, Mrs Abibatu John-Langba employers federation, Felix M.Rhodes also employers federation, Sheku S Sesay Ministry of finance, Mohamed Unisa Conteh gender and children’s affairs ministry, Muctarr B Williams labour congress, Max Korombo-Conteh labour congress, John Kamara,national union of civil servant,ASP, Tamba P Gbekie SLP, Lamin V Kanneh labour ministry and Franklyn L Johnson NASSIT pensioners.