In response to cries of the aged and other vulnerable groups of elders who lack source of income from any pension scheme, the APC government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma through the Social Safety Net Secretariat of Ministry of Labour and Social Security at New England Ville, Freetown, is on the verge to soon make payments of allowances to these persons as the verification process comes to an end, according to reliable source in the secretariat.
“Throughout December, 2011 to date, would-be beneficiaries who were earlier registered across various communities are being verified by personnel of the secretariat,” the source disclosed, adding the Director of the Social Safety Net Secretariat Mr. A.B.S. Kamara on the directives of Labour Minister Hindolo Sumanguru Trye has been efficient in facilitating the process.
“The objective of the programme is to ensure would-be beneficiaries are able to meet with their basic social needs including food, medicare, etc,” the source states, further revealing the Finance Officer Mr. Kanu has also been of great help in ensuring documents are submitted to Finance Ministry for release of allocation.
“In this regard, appeals continue to be made by both officials of Labour Ministry and those in the would-be beneficiary bracket to President Koroma and Finance Minister Dr. Samura Kamara for increased financial allocation to Social Safety Net unit for this socio-economic related programme,” the source states, concluding by applauding the Labour Minister for his display of pragmatism and commitment.
“Once payments of allowances are effected, there is all likelihood for it to have major impact vis-à-vis ameliorating the economic hardship of the vulnerable,” the source concludes.