By S. U. Thoronka……………………
The newly constructed Archives and Records Centre at Mile 5 Newton in Constituency 95 Western Rural District was on Friday 13th May, 2016, commissioned by the National Social Security and Insurance Trust NASSIT.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Mathew Teambo who incidentally was the Chairman of the occasion said, information is at the centre of everything an organization does in attaining strategic management, research, development and compliance.
Minister Teambo underscored the importance of member’s records in the administration of social security, adding that the fact that the Trust’s records are growing and will continue to grow much bigger, that is why the Trust has placed importance on the proper maintenance and security of information and its records since its inception in 2002.
He noted that to ensure the safety and security of the Trust members’ records and data, the Board of Trustees of NASSIT at its 76th General Meeting in 2013, approved the construction of the Archives and Records Centre for a total cost of US$1,185,090.26.
In his brief but concise remarks, the Director General of NASSIT, Mr. Joseph Sedu Mans Jr. said in no uncertain terms that this leap year is a special leap year for his organization.
According to the DG, “amidst the difficulties and challenges we went through as an institution and country in the previous year, this year was gradually turning out as a year of accomplishment and success for NASSIT”.
He mentioned that the occasion was the fourth consecutive time since the start of 2016, that they have come together as an institution to commission capital intensive projects undertaken by NASSIT, and completed under his administration.
The Director General highlighted the following as some of the achievements during his administration, Friday 22nd January 2016, commissioned Electronic Data and Record Management System (EDRMS), Monday25th April 2016, commissioned the Kimbima Hotel, followed by Sierra Aker Agriculture & Food Processing Company and lastly but by no means the least the Archives and Records Centre at Newton. He, however, noted that no social security institution can successfully discharge its mandate in the absence of an effective data management infrastructure.
The occasion was climaxed by the keynote speaker who deputized His Excellency the President, the Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador At Large Hon. Alpha Kanu. He conveyed felicitations from His Excellency to the people of Newton in whose community the Centre was constructed.
Hon. Alpha Kanu opined that the storage of data by NASSIT is a clear manifestation that the fibre optic is not only working but Sierra Leone is competing with other countries around the world. He said NASSIT was the first to have utilized the full potential of the fibre optic facility since its inception almost a couple of years ago.
Hon Alpha Kanu on behalf of the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma later declared the Archives and Records Centre opened by unveiling the plaque.