columnBy Alieu Ceesay
Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), on Saturday organised a dialogue forum with their pensioners at the Joint officers' Mess in Kotu.
The interactive forum which is called the pensioners' lunch" was meant to have dialogue with pensioners on issues relating to SSHFC's constraints and the way forward in dealing with their pensioners.
In his welcoming remarks, Edward Graham, the acting managing director of SSHFC, said, the forum would help to showcase the importance of brotherhood, adding that the forum is meant for the management of SSHFC and the pensioners to reflect on their past achievements, constraints and the way forward. According to him, SSHFC has helped many not to be liabilities in society after they have retired. He urged them to thank God for witnessing the historic moment in the annals of SSHFC.
For his part, Alhaji Alieu Mboge, architect of the Federated Pension Scheme (FPS), expressed delight for being part of the forum. He said FPS was formed in 1972 of which immense developments took place till the year 1978 when few people formed the State Pension Board. He thanked the pensioners for recognising their work which made pensioners to enjoy today. He thanked SSHFC for their stance in addressing the welfare of pensioners, which according to him, has contributed immensely to the economic development of the country. For his part, Malick Foon, president of SSHFC Pensioners Association, expressed delight at the warm relations that has existed between the pensioners and the management of SSHFC; that the pensioners concern is always the priority of SSHFC, noting that they are proud to be associated with SSHFC.
Foon revealed that his association will be holding a general meeting for the pensioners, to be announced later in order to discuss pertinent issues relating to the plight of the pensioners. Speaking on behalf of Amadou Samba, the chairman of the Board of Directors of SSHFC, Edward Graham, said the forum was very important as it reflects the mind of the pensioners on the past achievements registered. He said that his board has always been initiating ideas that would address the needs of the pensioners and thanked the SSHFC for their hard work and dedication to work. He finally used the forum to wish the pensioners a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
The forum was characterised with musical entertainment by the Chameleon Band and a raffle draw, where some pensioners won bags of rice, among other items. Karamo Manneh, a pensioner delivered the vote of thanks.