SSHFC boss extols positives, laments challenges

Sep 28, 2021, 11:44 AM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

Abdoulie Tambadou, the managing director of The Gambia Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), in an interview with Star FM radio, highlighted the challenges his institution faces and the achievements he has scored since he assumed office in 2020.

The SSHFC was established in 1981 to work in managing pension funds, national provident funds, industrial injury compensation funds and housing funds.

“The challenges I have faced since the end of April 2020, is the Covid-19 situation that affects our employers because the contribution they expected to receive has reduced because employment is not going as expected. The other challenge is that the former government took a loan from social security and at some point used powers to embezzle our funds. That is the reason why government companies owe us and no one knows when they will be able to pay us.”

He stated that to secure a housing estate is now very difficult because there is not enough land and due to misuse of funds for the past years, pensions are not increased and they didn’t pay interest for the national provident fund for almost five years.

On the percentage increment on member saving, Tambadou said they have defaulted in paying members. He indicated that in the national provident fund, they have a surplus of D108 million since last year.

“Since I assumed office the funds have increased in the national provident fund and the federated pension scheme has increased close to D90 million, and industrial injury compensation has also increased to D9 million. It is supposed to increase hugely but due to the Covid-19, we are not able to surpass it.”

On the allegation that they misused the funds for their traveling, he denied the claim and stated that they have minimised their traveling a lot compared to the previous years. He added they are on radios, TV and other social platforms to improve awareness for the general public to know how to register and what the benefits are.

On housing projects, he added that it’s been long since they last created a housing scheme. According to him, they cannot do it without enough land. He said there is almost no land in Kombo and the lands are costly.

“Our mandate is to have affordable housing but if we are buying lands at a higher cost, providing water and electricity, it will be difficult to sell them at cheap prices.”