Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr – Officials of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), accompanied by some members of the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union, are in the border town between The Gambia and Senegal, Basse, to push NASSIT’s operational expansion drive and to sensitize Sierra Leoneans living out of the country on its activities.
Led by the Head of Chancery, Andrew Kamara, the team paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of the region, Chernor Barra Touray, to inform him of the purpose of visit among which is to protect the interest of Sierra Leoneans in line with the mandates of NASSIT.
Touray, a former ambassador to Sierra Leone, appreciated the visit saying the mission is important “to build closer relationship as per the bilateral ties between the two countries.” He added that Sierra Leoneans living in his region are peaceful and are considered as family members.
Addressing a gathering of Sierra Leoneans, NASSIT Director of Actuarial, Hassan Kalokoh, said the visit is to educate them on the need to contribute to the NASSIT scheme, its benefits, welcome new contributors and how to protect existing contributors.
He noted that a memorandum of understanding has been signed are being worked out at government level to ensure that monies of Sierra Leoneans that are already contributing to the Gambia Social Security Scheme are remitted to NASSIT.
The NASSIT team also met with institutional heads of Sierra Leoneans in the Gambia whom Sierra Leone Ambassador, Soulayman Daramy, say have ‘put their shoulders to the wheels to make perfection real.’
It was disclosed in the course of the visit that NASSIT plans to introduce a National Health Insurance Scheme.
Both meetings had Q and A sessions.