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NASSIT Engages Business Stakeholders


NASSIT Engages Business Stakeholders

By Sylvester Samba……………………..
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has ended nationwide sensitization workshops with business stakeholders in the informal sector.
The purpose of those workshops was to further popularize the activities of NASSIT to workers in the informal sector such as: traders, okada riders, drivers, fisher men to name but a few.
Emma Lappia, Head of the Informal Sector Unit said NASSIT Act NO.5 of 2001 which came into being in 2002 made provisions for workers in the formal and informal sectors respectively. She said out of 94 percent of workers that make up the informal sector, her institution only has on record 1,200 workers that have so far joined the scheme.
Speaking in a workshop held yesterday at the YWCA Brookfields in Freetown, Emma Lappia further explained that a survey has proved that workers in the Informal Sector are movers and shakers of the country’s economy. The Head of the Informal Sector Unit noted that each and every worker in the country must be protected by NASSIT.
She pleaded with business stakeholders to take whatever messages given to them seriously and further disseminate them to the various Unions they represent.
Emma assured them that NASSIT is currently preparing an Act that will be more flexible for workers in the Informal Sector so that more will join and claim ownership of the NASSIT scheme. She concluded that it is not only important to them but to their children in particular.
The business stakeholders represented various Unions such as: the Traders Union, Bike Riders Union, Motor Drivers Union, Tribal Heads etc.

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