‘National Health Scheme is at an advanced stage’ NASSIT boss confirms
The Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), Mr. Sedu Mans Jr., has affirmed that the Sierra Leone National Health Scheme is at an advanced stage. (Photo: Minister of Labour, Dr. Mathew Teambo and NASSIT Director General, Mr. Sedu Mans Jr.)
He made the submission at the official opening ceremony of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the National Members Conference of NASSIT at the Bintumani International Conference Centre, Aberdeen in Freetown, on 10th October, 2017 on the theme, ‘NASSIT at 15:harnessing the gains, challenges and opportunities towards improved service delivery’.
According to him, the Sierra Leone National Health Scheme policy has been drafted and prepared to be submitted to Cabinet, adding that the introduction of employment injury is far advanced.
“We want to review the NASSIT Act No. 5 of 2001 to enhance compliance,” he said, and bragged that they are very proud as an institution as a result of what they have done within the fifteen years of their existence.
He pointed out that management of NASSIT has just developed a three year framework to ensure that social insurance benefits are accessed speedily, adding that the procurement process will be completed soon.
He updated that the Sewa Grounds Market construction project which comprises of stores and car park is at advanced stage and is expected to be commissioned next year.
In his keynote address, Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh maintained that NASSIT was designed to improve the welfare of public servants and to protect social interests of workers and their families.
He proclaimed that fifteen years was enough time for assessment and review of challenges facing the scheme to ensure it is financially solvent.
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Mathew Timbo, emphasized on the numerous challenges facing NASSIT even though it is still making progress.
He maintained that NASSIT has the required human resource to perform its duties. He dilated on the importance of heightening education about the work of NASSIT to build up public confidence.
He explained NASSIT’s plan to increase membership in the informal sector which he described as having large membership scale than the formal sector. He concluded by cajoling the public to join the Scheme, because according to him, it is good for the future of the people of Sierra Leone.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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