Speaking at a press conference, the director general of the national social security and insurance trust, Joseph Saidu Mans Jr. stated that his institution’s had lined up series of activities in observance of year’s anniversary celebrations.
According to him, this year’s anniversary celebrations coincided with the attainment of the minimum requirements for pensions and gratuities, such as organizing a nationwide quiz competition for pupils and students of various learning institutions, inter-community football tournament, the erection of boots at various strategic points in the Freetown .
He maintained that the same activities would replicated in other part of the country, as a way of raise awareness and respond to pertinent questions on NASSIT schemes and operations in the country, and that the celebrations would be climaxed by a national conference that would attract the representatives of national social security and insurance schemes from sister countries in the sub-region.
Concluding, Joseph Saidu Mans pointed out that the national social security and insurance trust (NaSSIT) was established by an act of Parliament in 2011, and it became fully operational in 2002.
Judge urges colleagues to embrace law profession
By Sam Lahai, BO
High court judge, Justice Abubakar Binneh Kamara has called on his fellow Judges to contribute to the development of law profession in Sierra Leone.
He made this pronouncement at the law curriculum workshop held at the Njala University campus, wherein he disclosed that private legal practitioners were much concerned about their practice, than the academic aspect of the profession.
The Justice further urged lawyers present at the workshop to imbibe the spirit of contributing towards shaping a decent and enviable pathways for the legal profession in Sierra Leone.
Commenting on the establishment of law department at the Njala University, Justice Abubakar Binneh Kamara said he had contributed positively towards the curriculum development together with Dr. Josephus Brima.
He assured his audience that the introduction of the LLB Programme at Njala University was in line with international standards, and they are going to make it distinctly different from the law programmes offered in other Universities.
Former journalist now High Court judge maintained that based on the fact that there had been some concerns raised by scholars at the Sierra Leone law school, legal practitioners and Judges from the Superior Courts of Judicature needed to maintain standards in the legal profession.
He said the LLB programme would not be entirely based on the study of the law, but also it was going to be diversified, so that LLB students would decide their academic discipline by creating unique opportunities for specialty in law and media law and geology, Law and Finance, Law and Development, Law and Economics, Law and Engineering to name a few.
With the commitment and determination of Dr. Josephus Brima, Justice Binneh went on barristers with masters in law based in England and barristers from the Southern region had demonstrated willingness to help the University, adding that law was a fine discipline that touches and concerns everything that affect the functionality of every institution and structure in society.
He expressed optimism that the first batch of graduates from the faculty of law at the Njala University would join them to conduct research to discern the two fundamental research questions in jurisprudence.
The director, institute of social studies, administration and management, Turad Senesie noted that the objective of the law programme was aimed at producing legal professionals that would demonstrate proficiency in knowledge, skills and disposition critical to the profession, as established by the national legal association.
In his contribution, Dr. Josephus Brima commended his colleagues for their inputs and promised to be of service to Njala University.
Similar sentiments were expressed by barrister Samuel O Taylor, magistrate Alhaji S. Koroma, Magistrate Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Barrister Alex Bhonapha, Barrister Aggrey and barrister Albert Aruna.