MPs criticize Labour Minister for being disrespectful
Members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Labour and Social Security on Wednesday 16th March vented out their anger at officials of the Labour and Social Security Ministry for what they referred to as the defiant stance of the Minister to chart the way forwards over the years as regards the development of the Ministry. (Photo: Chairman Hon. Foday I Sumah & Members of the Committee on the High table)
The committee members also lashed out at Minister Hon. Dr. Mathew Timbo for refusing to discuss with them the welfare of Sierra Leoneans in respect of easy access to their retirement benefits and gratuities through the social security outfit – NASSIT.
The Committee Chairman, Hon. Dr. Foday I. Sumah, noted that it has been a normal thing for the Labour Minister to always boycott invitations from the committee, adding that because of the non-appearance of the Minister to acquaint himself with the committee, they have never consented the passing of the Amendment Act, 2016 of the two Deputy Director Generals of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) until the bill was presented to Parliament by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
He maintained that the Minister betrayed their confidence because they were very optimistic about having a cordial relationship with him for the full implementation of the Sierra Leone labour laws.
Hon. Sumah suggested that the labour laws should be reviewed and revised in public interest since they have become archaic, noting that the second aspect they should have looked into as Ministry and Parliamentary Committee was the agreement policy for a holistic approach but they were disappointed over the lackluster attitude of the Labour Ministry.
Hon. Rosky Momkani Mbayo moved a motion to stand down the Labour officials that appeared before the committee, while Hon. Roland Foday Kargbo seconded the motion for their improper appearance before the committee to respond to certain concerns and questions from committee members.
Hon. Roland F. Kargbo said despite they are in sympathy with the current situation in the Ministry is undergoing, yet they are not impressed with the Minister’s behaviour.
He stressed that they should speak out their minds against the Minister’s untoward behaviour for him to adhere and work to parliamentary procedures.
By Mohamed Y. Turay
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