New board chair to deal with SSHFC’s internal conflict
Amie Bojang, the spokesperson of the president, has dismissed reports indicating that Ebrima Sankareh has been appointed a spokesperson of the Government.
The office of the president has announced the appointment of a new board chairman for the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation to deal with the conflict between the institution’s management and the staff.
Muhammed Manjang, the director of the institution that manages pensioners’ funds, has been a subject of corruption allegation from his staff who claim he gave a scholarship to a new staff without following due procedures.
The staff of the institution walked to the office of the president on Tuesday protesting against the management.
“I have been informed that already chair to the board of directors have been appointed… So this is going to give both sides an opportunity to present their case to the chairman of the board of directors and whatever comes out of it, then they will inform the president about it,” said the presidency on Wednesday.
The spokesperson of the president, Amie Bojang, told journalists at the State House that SSHFC wrote a petition to the Office of the President but at the time the president, Adama Barrow, and the secretary general, Habib Drammeh, were in Brussels.
But Bojang said the presidency could not act on a one-sided story.
Thus, an opportunity was given to Manjang to also tell his side for the story and the deadline for that letter to come from him was on Monday.
However, Manjang’s letter gets to the presidency late that day and nothing could have been done about it.
But Bojang said the appointed board chair whose identity is only known as Mr Jallow should solve the problem.
Meanwhile, Bojang has also clarified to journalists that the announced appointment of a new Government spokesperson is untrue.
Bojang said she is the spokesperson of the presidency and communication minister Demba Jawo is still the spokesperson of the Government.
It was announced last week by the state broadcaster that a veteran journalist, Ebrima Sankareh, has been appointed as a Government spokesperson.