May 16, 2014, 9:38 AM
Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) recently organised a one-day sensitization for media personnel.
The sensitisation, which brought together participants from both the print and electronic media, was held at its head office in Banjul.
The workshop was held to create awareness, enhance compliance and to inform the media about the new existing rules and regulations that govern the scheme.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Tumbul Danso, managing director of SSHFC, said the institution is supported by the government by an Act of parliament to provide social security for the people.
He added that the corporation operates on two main areas, such as social security and housing.
The SSHFC boss said the relationship between the media and the corporation is symbiotic, adding that the two should continue to work closely, “which will be mutually rewarding”.
Mr Danso told journalists that his institution is currently implementing three major housing projects.
According to him, the institution continues to be managed well with over D70,000 surplus over the years.
Raymond Njai, senior public relations manager of SSHFC, noted that the scheme was created to provide social security protection to workers.
However, he added, the founding member of the institution initially ran their individual schemes until 1973 when they were federated and administered by the SSHFC.
Mr Njai said further that the pension fund is one of the constituent funds of the scheme.
He disclosed that the national provident fund was also established by an Act of parliament in 1981 and it applies to busses registrable under the Business Registration Act of 1970.
Other speakers who presented their reports at the occasion included Ebrima Dampha, SSHFC public relations manager, and Alhagie Fatty, estate manager of SSHFC, who both expressed similar sentiments.