By Ralph Ese’ Donnu Sawyerr
The Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Mr. Joseph Mans has met with his Gambian counterpart, Edward Graham, in the Gambian capital Banjul in a bid to further strengthen bilateral ties and expand on their social security institutions to benefit their citizens living in their sister countries.
Welcoming his counterpart and team who were accompanied by Ambassador Soulayman Daramy; Mr. Edward Graham expressed his delight for what he referred to as partners in social security development. The visit, he said, would further help both countries to address and solve their challenges in the interest of their citizens and nations.
Responding, Mr. Mans thanked his counterpart for the reception accorded him and team since their arrival. He commended Ambassador Daramy for being instrumental in inviting the NASSIT Team to Banjul, and the staff of the Embassy for putting together a compiled register of all Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia which he said would help them greatly in their expansion drive and soon to come up with a Health Insurance.
He informed that NASSIT is trying to develop a very robust team with regard investigations that would be put at the disposal of the Gambian Trust.
Ambassador Soulayman Daramy informed that both countries have signed a Joint Communiqué for closer cooperation that included Technical Cooperation and Services. He pledged the Embassy’s support and called for more collaborative meetings.
In another development, Ambassador Daramy and Director General Mans and team also had audience with the Chairman of the Gambia Trust, Hon Momodou Aki Bayo, who also doubles as the Minister of Lands and Regional Government.
Introducing the visiting team, Director Graham said his Institution needed to copy the practical expansion project of Sierra Leone’s NASSIT by being proactive rather than academic, adding that Social Security must be well managed in the interest of the people and country. He noted that both The Gambia and Sierra Leone are rapidly moving forward in their operations and that even the International Labour Organization could learn from them.
Minister Aki Bayo warmly welcomed Ambassador Daramy, Director General Mans and his team, referring to them as Ambassadors of Sierra Leone. “The Gambia and Sierra Leone share much in common, therefore we must as a people and country exchange knowledge for the rapid development of the country and people in the area of social security” he said. The Minister promised his cooperation and that of his Ministry and Government.
Director General Mans thanked the Minister for his time and attention given to the team and promised to work with the Chairman and his Team.
By Ralph Ese’ Donnu Sawyerr