NASSIT DDG Assures Wounded In Action
Deputy Director General (DDG) of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), Amara Kargbo has assured to pay pensions of all verified Wounded in Action.
The DDG made the confirmation to quell a strike action mounted by members of the war wounded at the NASSIT headquarters building, Walpole Street in Freetown on 27th November 2017.
Kargbo informed the general membership of WIA that NASSIT has verified more than 259 associates out of 757 adding that all those who have not been verified must do so by giving their details to NASSIT officials to take down records.
The DDG appealed to fellow citizens to exercise patience so that they can receive what due them by January 2018 noting that they have been paying pensioners smoothly and effectively within the time-frame and expressed their willingness and readiness to always ensure timely payment of pensioners.
Responding, Head of Operations, Central Police Division, Alhaji Bangura aka Razor calmed protesters because he said; he did not want to see any riotous conduct. “Don’t take the law in to your hands”, he warned.
He admonished all WIA to comply with him so that he will enquire to the management of NASSIT for their quick response and appealed to protesters to maintain peace and tranquility until the normal procedure is taken.
Chairman for War Wounded in Action (WWIA), Retired Corporal Kamara A. said they have been going without pensions for more than five months adding that they are worried because they are family men.
He noted that they have over 757 members but only few who have been verified leaving others into trouble and mentioned that some of them are suffering seriously without medical treatment, education for their children and other domestic affairs.
He appealed to the management of NASSIT to fast track the process of pension disbursement to solve challenges affecting them as Fathers and Mothers.
He however encouraged colleagues to exercise patience as the Deputy Director General have made it’s clearly that payment will be in full swing early January next year.
By Alhassan Bangura
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