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NIC Board Member eyes SLPP top job

NIC Board Member eyes SLPP top job

Mr. Jabez Rogers Wright, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Insurance  Company (NIC) has expressed his interest in becoming the Deputy Chairman of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party SLPP.

It is not known whether the current holder of the post Mr. Umaru Dumbuya is vying for re-election. Another candidate for that position is Mr. Christian Leigh, one time trustee of the party in the Western Area.

Supporters of Mr Rogers Wright appreciate his youthfulness which seems to be an informed criterion for election into office in the new direction SLPP.

Despite Wright’s chances of victory, he faces a strong challenge an elder of the party, Hassan Sesay, who has vowed to do anything in his power to let Rogers Wright lose. “That man is a member of the Board of Directors of a parastatal that has refused to pay my benefits,” he told a gathering.

According to Sesay a former correctional officer of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, “I retired eight months ago and as a contributor to the life investment scheme, I expected that my benefits would have been paid to me a long time ago”.

But Mr Sesay is disappointed that even though the Director General of the Correctional Services wrote a letter to NIC urging them to pay his benefits, they had still not done so. “Last week I wrote a letter of complaint to the Managing Director of NIC but up till now I have not heard from them”, Sesay complained.

Some party stalwarts told Sesay that Jabez should not be blamed because it is possible that the Managing Director has not mentioned his case to the Board.

“Anybody running an incompetent parastal is himself inefficient, and in my case the Management, Board and Staff have failed as far as Customer Service is concerned”. Mr Sesay fears that in case he passes off without being paid, “they will delay payment to my survivors until they give up and my money becomes a profit to NIC. Mr. Rogers Wright could not be contacted for his comments.

In any case Mr. Rogers Wright has been a loyal and active member of the party since 1990s, including serving the party as young generation leader, Western Area.

All is not well within the National Executive of SLPP because of infighting. The Chairman, Dr Prince Harding, is challenged by the Organizing Secretary, Jimmy Batilo Songa, while the Women’s leader, Fatmata Sawaneh is facing keen competition her deputy, Fatmata Bockarie.

Also, the Chairman of Bo District Alhaji Kanja Sesay, is challenging the Regional Chairman South, Edward Soluku.  

People like J.S Keifala and Momodu Koroma who should have won the chairmanship as unifiers, lack the requisite support to win.

Meanwhile, at the lower level elections, the Prince Harding’s camp suffered a setback with the defeat of Amara Samu for the position of constituency chairman at Dwozark Farm.

The date for the Delegates’ Conference where National Officials of the party would be elected has not been fixed.

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