President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has said that without a visionary leadership, a people will perish.
Speaking in Makeni yesterday as he officially opened the new headquarters of the national insurance scheme, NASSIT, the president said “the success of the NASSIT scheme is a clear indication that there is nothing wrong with dreaming of something good for your country.”
He said “dreaming and having visions are indispensable virtues of good leadership”, noting that King Solomon, reputed to be the wisest man to have lived observed that without vision a people perish.
He said the inauguration of the NASSIT office was the fulfillment of one of his dreams for the progress and prosperity of Sierra Leone.
He said the construction of regional offices in Bo, Kenema and Makeni reinforced the vision that a social security scheme can be successfully put in place for the protection of the people of this country.
He defined the social security scheme as “a body of measures a country can take to protect its members against social and economic distress in the event of a substantial loss of income through invalidity, death, old age, maternity, sickness to name but a few.”
He observed that one of the first measures taken by his government on assuming office in 1996 was to conduct a poverty survey, taking into consideration the fact that salaries were very low and there was no social security scheme to provide pension for the people.
The mayor of the Makeni city council, Andrew Kanu commended the government of President Kabbah for resuscitating local councils in the country.
He said the establishment of NASSIT guaranteed workers their service after retirement and described the performance of the scheme as outstanding.
The mayor appealed that NASSIT should also consider providing housing facilities to beneficiaries of the scheme in the near future.The NASSIT Area Manager, Foday S. Fofanah said that since the operation of the area office they had been operating in rented buildings, but with the assistance of Paramount Chief Kasanga II of Bombali Sebora and land owners, they had been able to acquire a congenial atmosphere for pensioners who are largely old people.