As part of its mission to enhancing social security in Sierra Leone, the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has proposed the construction of modern hospitals with the provision of sophisticated paraphernalia or equipments.
The proposed plan is in line with its action plan in establishing an health insurance scheme for every employee in the country.
The Deputy Director of NAASIT Mohamed Gibril Saccoh was recently reported to have said that, his office has deemed it necessary to intervene in mortgage banking, tourism, sea transportation, housing and a national health insurance scheme so as to enhance the socioeconomic development of the country.
Mr Saccoh explained that they are currently in dialogue with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with an intention to extending their coverage of social security to a national health insurance scheme.
Still in its formative or proposal stage Mr Saccoh revealed that studies have already be conducted with a plan to set up a modern health insurance scheme that would respond to the health needs of those in employment.
According to their projections he added, every employer is expected to contribute a stipulated annual amount towards the sustenance of the scheme.
It has been argued among workers in Sierra Leone that government has done nothing to address occupational hazards and hence workers are at the mercy of some employers whoover-exhaust their workers at their various areas of employment.
An official source close to the Ministry of Labour Social Security and Safety confirmed that plans are under way to formulate policy to address occupational health hazards by monitoring all government departments, factories and industries throughout the country.
As a way of improving national economic development, the Deputy Director of NASSIT stated that a mortgage bank has been established with 100% ownership to NASSIT.
The mortgage scheme he confirmed is aimed at providing soft loans to Sierra Leoneans in order to empower them.
He confirmed that they have secured parcels of land in Freetown and all the provincial headquarter towns in the country for the construction of low cost housing for the low income earners.
“By January next year we will start the housing scheme, the bid is out” he said.
Talking about the sea transport, Mr. Saccoh confirmed that they are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Sierra Leone Ports Authority and the Sierra Leone Air Port Authority to improve on the transport sector.
“We have put in for three new ferries to enhance affordable and quality ferry services in Freetown” he confirmed. He added that NASSIT is currently working on the construction of jetties throughout the country in order to improve on sea transportation.
In the area of tourism Mr. Saccoh maintained that his office has taken over the management of Cape Sierra Hotel and very soon he added it would be transformed into a five Star Hotel. He concluded that the Bintumani Conference Center has also been taken over by NASSIT, but however appealed for national and international partnership to help improve hotels and tourism in the country.