NASSIT Commence Payment Of Le 250,000 pension

 

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has commenced the payment of government pensions with a minimum Pension amount of two hundred and fifty thousand Leones ( Le 250,000.00) to pensioners.

This, according to report, is in fulfillment of the promise made by the President, Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio that effective January, 2019, no Government pensioner will earn less than Le 250,000.00.

According to the NASSIT, Public Relation Officer for East region, Mohamed Bangali, since the disclosure of the new policy by the government, the Director General of NASSIT, Mohamed Fuaad Dabo wasted no time in transforming the President’s declaration into fruition. He noted that government pension is a non contributory pension scheme, payeable to retirees and or survivors in the public sector. It was first administered by the Accountant General but was in 2004 handed over to NASSIT for administration alongside the NASSIT Pension scheme. Mohamed Bangali also stated that the categories of these pensioners includes: Wounded in Action, Killed in Action, retired civil servants, military, Pplice and teachers who cannot be part of the NASSIT Scheme. Adding that the condition of these pensioners had remained deplorable over the years. Whilst their counterpart Pensioners; the NASSIT Pensioners went home with a minimum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones (Le250,000.00 ) most of them had gone home with as low as twenty six thousand Leones ( Le26,000) pension on a monthly basis. Mohamed Bangali continued that despite several verifications, agitations, lobbies and protests little or nothing was done by past Governments to improve their lots. According to the Acting President, Sierra Leone Labour Congress, Mr. Wright; during the International Workers Day Celebration in May 2016 “A Police Sergeant who had worked for 35 years was receiving a pension of Le43,000.00 per month. For someone to have worked for so long and receives such a disgraceful pension is beyond human imagination.

There were thunderous applause at the NASSIT pension hall when the payment commenced.