Manjang Tells Staff No One Wins

The Managing Director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) Muhammed Manjang who returned to work after going through administrative leave has told staff that there were no winners and losers of the squabble.

Read below Mr. Manjang’s address in full courtesy of Pa Modou Bojang’s Facebook page.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is a formal announcement to advise you that I have today resumed duty. It has been quite an ordeal on both at personal level and that of the organisation. Though I have been vindicated and recalled from leave, I do not think that I have won. There can be no winners in such a saga and I believe that our active members and pensioners have been impacted most of all. During this period of great distraction, we the employees of the SSHFC were not able to focus on our job, “collecting and investing retirement savings to guarantee a dignified retirement for those who trust us with their money.”

Following from the recommendations of the Independent Fact-Finding/Investigative Panel set up by His Excellency the President we shall now proceed to wrap up the remaining outstanding issues as quickly as possible. This will allow us to focus on what started out as a great year for SSHFC. I ask all of you to join me in rebuilding this great organisation. I will be naive if I expect all of you to agree with the decision of H.E The President or even with the findings of the Independent Fact-Finding/Investigative Panel. I also do not expect all of you to agree with all my own decisions and directives going forward. Be that as it may, I expect our disagreements to be guided by SSHFC rules and regulations and by the labour laws of the Republic of The Gambia. To disagree is healthy and forms a check and forces a second look at decisions taken, however to take the law into one’s own hands would lead to chaos and disintegration of any corporation or community. We must maintain the rule of law even as we disagree.

Now I would like to tell you what we have so far achieved together. In 2017 as per the audited accounts we achieved an operating profit of D82 millions, performance to 30 June 2018 is D45.0m and we are forecasting a year end close of around D100.0 m. This trajectory gives me confidence that we are headed in the right direction towards providing the active members and pensioners a decent return on their savings and this will also allow us to have room for better remuneration for our staff and further investments in our working environment including systems and processes.

I look forward to working with you to deliver even better returns.

Best Wishes


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