As NASSIT Industrial Court Commissioned Master and Registrar to Rebrand Judiciary
The Acting Master and Registrar for the High Court of Sierra Leone has explained plan to introduce new initiative to transform the judiciary across the country.
Barrister and Solicitor, Francis Banks Kamara was responding to media interviews during the official commissioning/opening of the NASSIT Industrial Court at the Law Court Building on Siaka Stevens Street, Monday 9th December, 2019.
As the Administrative Head and Vote Controller of the Judiciary, the erudite lawyer said the NASSIT Industrial Court is a division of the High Court of Sierra Leone to deal with industrial matters and described NASSIT as a basic human rights institution which guides contributors at their retirement or old age.
Mr. Kamara who took over office on 2nd March, this year explained that employers who fail to pay social security of their staff to NASSIT or underscore the numbers of employees have break the law adding that they gathered at the law court to also notice all unregistered private companies in Sierra Leone that their operations are illegal and against the industrial laws of Sierra Leone. “Some of us have acquired higher education outside Sierra Leone, which means upon our return, we must work for our people diligently,” he said and deliberated that they are receiving industrial matters on a daily basis, noting that in that regard, they thought it wise to introduce a whole division with judges who will be looking at all industrial related cases.
He expressed sympathy to employees who have worked relentlessly for certain business institutions but receiving no benefit at their retirement age or when they are dismissed from their work place. “We need a whole subject or unit of employment law,” he informed Journalists and stressed that it is very prudent to take care of that mandate.
He further discussed that it is the responsibility of the judiciary to make sure that those laws are enforced and deliberated on the number of initiatives they have lined up waiting for actualization. He sensitized that there are corporate lawyers who never go to court to defend but they are lawyers.
Mr. Kamara said he had worked with Special Court for Sierra Leone and in 2007, he was sent to Kenema to cover the Eastern Region. He highlighted that in UK, when someone apply for a job, he or she is given a prescription job.
According to the learned barrister, he succeeded to change the public negative perception about the Sierra Leone Judiciary by introducing new administrative methods. He said he is loved and appreciated by all judiciary staff not only because of his administrative pattern but he has understanding and respect for humanity.
He emphasized on the important to respect each other because, he said all of us came from various background with different attitudes. He talked about the new organization, United Kingdom Graduate Association (UKGA) which he is trying to establish.
He said UKGA will not only serve as an opportunity but will also bring lot of benefit for the country and mentioned that UK believes in product, noting that there are many medical doctors in Sierra Leone that studied in London and described UKGA as going to be purely academic, non political and non-profit making with the aim to serve humanity. He therefore encouraged all those who studied in UK to be part of the association.
“There are lot of things which I want to bring onboard to change the shape of our judiciary so that it could be look as anyone abroad,” he told Journalists. He furthered that some people may have PHD but they are not administrators because they do not study administration, which he described as a whole area of study.
He said he is royal and loyal among both senior and junior staff of the judiciary because he never take sole decision without the contributions of others, because he said, he is with the conviction that when everybody included in decision making, work will be done faster without any discrepancy.
He said when the paper work of UKGA would have started, applicants will submit their admission numbers of colleges or universities they attended in UK, names and qualification attained. He informed press men that there are lots of educations materials needed in Sierra Leone and promised to facilitate that through request writing to the university as a former student of the institution for those materials to be available in the country. He stated that unity and strength will always prevail if people come together and work for the same purpose. He described colonial masters’ laws as imported and advised that we change our culture by bringing it closer to our laws.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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