NASSIT Engages Immigration Workers
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust NASSIT on Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 engaged staff of the Sierra Leone Immigration Department in Freetown on the importance for them to update their records and submit accurate statements of account for the purpose of clarity.
Speaking to contributors, Head of Benefits, NASSIT, Edwin M. Kamara described retirement as an incident that needed proper planning and deliberated on the processes involve in social administration.
He said the first aim of employment is to work and be progressive on retirement stage adding that the data would influence the outflow if not properly managed. He spoke on the issue of people playing around with their date of birth and made it very clearly that any false information submitted is liable to disadvantage.
Mr. Kamara cautioned employers to ensure that the information they submitted to NASSIT correctly linked with their records to avoid misconception and mentioned that a NASSIT contributor could only qualify to receive benefit after contributing for fifteen years. He emphasized on their desire for every contributor to have an optimum benefit and continued that “we don’t want our members to suffer while serving their retirement period” and raised the issue of pin code number among workers that move or transfer from one institution to another. He said there is no need to raise alarm because according to him, the previous pin code always connected to the new pin code and advanced that the social security Act of 2001 existed in relation with other laws and affirmed that, in 2009, the registration of traditional marriage and divorced was passed and its mandated local councils to issue married and divorced certificate.
He described the survivors benefit as a tricky sector and sensitized that when someone register as a contributor to the scheme, must also register his/her dependents and their information and disputed the fact that most fathers do not know information or date of birth of their children.
When the contingency of death occur, he said, the children’s birth certificates could only be accepted if the information it contains is in line with the one earlier submitted by the contributor and advised member of the NASSIT scheme to go back to NASSIT for confirmation if circumstance changes.
He said for the area of invalidity, the employer has to discharge on medical grounds if the productivity is not granted high and encouraged all to continue seeing NASSIT as their partner.
He rest his case by encouraging members to pay more attention to NASSIT contribution adding that the essence of sending statement is for them to be able to reconcile contributions.
In his presentation, Director of Administration, Immigration Department, Prince Alex Soriba said NASSIT has been expressing interest to visit and discussed with them on number of issues relating to social security in terms of delay and processing information.
He said the outcome of the engagement was to prepare safety net so that so that immigration workers will not have problem of social security. He described the visit as timely because according to him, statement of account and other relevant topics were discussed.
The Deputy Manager, Public Affairs, NASSIT, Prince Amadu said the management of Immigration have been requesting for statement of account adding that as a result, he related the issue to the benefit department for its intervention. “We came here specifically to give you contact information for you to always reach us on time.
He celebrated the new proactive NASSIT Director General, Mr. Mohamed Fuad Daboh for developing new free hotlines as follows, 811, 812, 813, 814, 814, 815, 816 and 817.
Making statement, Deputy Head, Government Operations Department NASSIT, Sahr Saffa reiterated that one of the responsibilities of contributors to the scheme is to register and mentioned that NASSIT is there to receive what has been deducted from salaries of workers. He encouraged contributors to give update as and when necessary.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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