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Camps Ravage NASSIT
By Abdul Fonti
Oct 13, 2009, 11:43
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The worrying actuality that the staff base of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has been divided into camps is no more a secret.

This unfortunate incident occurred in the wake of the submission of applications by two senior staff members of NASSIT, expressing their interests for the institutions top job of Director General.

The two inside applicants are the Director of Admin and Human Resources, Joseph Manns, and Idriss Turay, who is the Departmental Head of Investment and Projects. They have already been shortlisted for interview alongside other two proficient Sierra Leoneans in the persons of Dr. Idriss Koroma and a son of Sam Bangura, of blessed memory.

Following the short-listing of the NASSIT candidates in the institutions battle for supremacy, the staff members automatically and dangerously divided themselves into Idriss Turay Camp and Joseph Manns Camp.

It is sad to note that the present reality and campaign fashion at NASSIT is a real cause for alarm. In this light, the institutions Board, headed by one Jacob Kanu, stands the risk of dragging NASSIT to the dogs, in an instance where it would attempt to recommend any of the two NASSIT candidates for possible appointment by the President.

NASSIT will definitely encounter a major setback, if any of the NASSIT Camps emerge victorious, since the two NASSIT camps have vowed to institute the pull-him-down syndrome on the opposite camp that would emerge the champion.

As it stands, supporters of Idriss Turay will never give the support needed by the Joseph Manns administration, whilst the Idriss Turay administration will always have bones to pick with supporters of the Joseph Manns camp.

Apart from all of the aforesaid, victimization of staff members will also become the order of the day at NASSIT, no doubt.

Therefore, why would certain people want to recommend the wrong people to the President for consideration, when there are other experienced and qualified candidates like Dr. Idriss Koroma in the already short-listed candidates list?

It has also been revealed that certain personalities, including NASSIT Board Members, want to use their tribal and political affiliations to recommend candidates to the President, with no regard for requisite qualification and national interest.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the no-nonsense President Koroma is well set to verify whether he made the right choice to appoint Jacob Kanu to head the Board of NASSIT or not. This is strictly a test case for the Board of NASSIT, particularly the Chairman.

President Koroma is waiting for the candidates the NASSIT Board will recommend to him for consideration. 


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