The Coalition for Democratic Senator in the Liberian Senate James P. Biney is admonishing Liberian President George Manneh Weah to appoint an individual with technical knowledge as Director General of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) rather than appointing a politician who is not a technocrat to head the institution.
Senator James P. Biney who represents the people of the South-Eastern County of Maryland in the Upper House said nominating a technocrat at NASSCORP who will be able to differentiate the salaries of employees from the benefits of the pensioners.
The Maryland County Senator James P. Biney recently made the assertions during the celebration of International Day for older people organized by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights in Monrovia.
According to him, NASSCORP as a public institution responsible to provide pension benefits to retired employees, it would be prudent for the Liberian leader to appoint a technocrat as Director General of the institution who will be more focus on improving the welfares of retired employees through innovation and implementation of various programs rather than appointing a mere politician who might not have the technical knowledge to continue on the gains being made by the current management team headed by Dewitt Vonballmoos.
“Our President will receive and appreciate the direct benefits and results from NASSCORP if he appoints such technocrat at that institution who will built on the existing gains and prospects made by the past and current leaders rather than just nominating someone who is a politician that will not perform to the expectation of the Liberian people, we want total transformation of the lives of people who contributed to the Nation during their active performance in public service” the Maryland County Senator told the gathering on Friday on October 1, 2021 in Monrovia.
According to him, the current management team of NASSCORP should be appreciated for at all times keeping the environment of the institution calm, void of protest and demonstration as is seen in other places where they converge on the Capitol Building to protest for their salaries and benefits.
The National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) was established by the Liberian Government through an Act of the National Legislature on July 10, 1975 to administer the Social Security Program in Liberia where individuals regularly receive their just pension benefits upon their retirement either due to old age or reach the retirement benchmark as stated by the law.
In remarks, the Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights Cllr. Dempster Brown said Liberia has not ratified the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the human Rights of Older persons in Africa.
Cllr. Brown said it is unfortunate for Liberia as the oldest Independence Country on the African continent to renege in signing a document that will protect older persons, calling on the Liberian government under President George Manneh Weah to act now.
The cerebration which was held under the theme: “Aging and Technological Changes: the Liberian Experience,” was graced by Montserrado County Representative Richard Nagbe Koon and other stakeholders from around the country.