A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate- Malala Yousafzai once said that ‘Let us bring equality, justice, and peace for all. Not just the politicians and the world leaders, we all need to contribute. Me and You as it is our duty’. Work environments need to be defined by principles of fair play and equity; otherwise rancour would supplant harmony leading to entropy and retrogression in our development journey. There is growing fear among some staff of the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) after the reinstatement of the former embattled managing director, Muhamadou Manjang. The latest twist of events came following a Report and Recommendations of an independent fact-finding/investigative panel that was set up to look into the crisis. These staff of the Corporation had earlier made a number of allegations against the managing director, culminating in a vote of no confidence against him. After a three-month fact-finding investigation, the task force looked into the nitty-gritty of the impasse between the staff and Manjang. The panel also advised the Board of Directors of the Corporation to receive further advice on the staff that were culpable in the saga and who have had to be subjected to disciplinary actions in line with the panel’s recommendations. Now that the embattled MD is back, many staffers are of the view that their jobs are at risk following the sacking of the staff leader- Momodou Camara. Out of 340 permanent staff of Social Security, 270 staff have signed a petition, demanding the immediate resignation of Manjang. What next for those who signed the petition and with the reinstatement of Manjang? Would there be a conducive environment for them. Would acrimonious duel continue between him and staffers? SSHFC is an institution where some staffs are on contractual basis. Again, now with this development what about those who are on contract basis and were part of the strike? We believe that the panel should have instead recommended for the transfer of MD Manjang to another institution to enable normal life to continue at SSHFC and to avoid witch hunting. The sacking of Momodou Camara is not the solution as it only adds salt to an injury. Camara is just one staff, but what about the rest of the striking staff? We suggest that Mr. Camara be transferred and not be sacked. “The saga of a nation is the saga of its families written large. And whoever owns the family owns the future.” Tony Evans