17th January 2018
NASSIT Donates Essential Items to Blind Schools in Sierra Leone
By Philip Koroma (05/10/17)
Smiles seen everywhere when the Blind Schools in the country received humanitarian gesture from NASSIT which was emotionally appreciated.
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has as a way of celebrating it's 15 years of operations by recognising their first batch of beneficiaries who have contributed through the 180 months periods. As a result, Nassit donated food and non-food items to the Blind Vocational School at RTI in Kenema. (Photo: NASSIT Chairman Momoh Konte).
Presenting the items on behalf of NASSIT to the Blind School in Kenema, the Director of Human Resources Peter Jusu Kenah said the institution was established through an Act of Parliament in 2001 but started effective operations on 1st January 2002 marking the scheme 15 years of existence in the country.
He said NASSIT is not only celebrating 15 years anniversary in grand style because of attaining the magic number but also because many of their compatriots who joined the scheme in 2002 and have also reached the retirement age can now receive their full pension package.
The Director of Human Resource stated that the scheme as part of it's 15 years celebration is donating food and non food items to the Blind Schools in Kenema, Bo, Makeni and Freetown.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Blind School in Kenema, Annafie Sowa commended NASSIT for the donation describing it as timely.
He assured NASSIT of making good use of the items donated and appealed for more donations in order to make the blind self reliant.
Annafie Sowa further appealed for government approval of the school in order to retain both the teacher and pupils attending the vocational school.
Peter Jusu Kenah maintained the scheme is also organising a National Inter-Secondary School Quiz Competition on Social Security in Sierra Leone, International Community Football Competition, Customer Service Week during which the scheme will engage in charitable activities.
Six schools namely Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Government Secondary School and Holy Trinity Secondary Schools in Kenema, Koidu Girls Secondary School Kono, Methodist Secondary School Kailahun and Wesley Secondary in Sebgwema have been were selected for the Quiz Competition.
He maintained that the winner of the Regional Inter-Quiz Competition will take home (0ne million five hundred thousand leones) and prizes to all participating schools in the form of bags and learning materials.
He reiterated that the winner of Regional Quiz Competition will participate in the grand final competition in Freetown and encouraged participants to apply all seriousness to the quiz in order to bag more rewards.
He said 15 years of contribution scheme is a critical component in determining whether a member has already attained the national retirement age of 60 years can be entitled to full age gratuity and pension.
He said NASSIT is not only celebrating 15 years anniversary in grand style because of attaining the magic number but also because many of their compatriots who joined the scheme in 2002 and who have also reached the retirement age can now receive their full pension package.