Recently the management team of the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) headed by one of Liberia’s seasoned administrators, Dewitt vonBallmoos as its Director General made headlines in the news when both Director General and Deputy Director General of NASSCORP were retained by the Liberian Chief Executive Officer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to again serve in their respective positions.
Political analysts and observers who spoke to this writer believed and agreed with the Liberian Chief Executive for this move; retaining both officials of this important public corporation (NASSCORP) as a manifestation of their commitments over the years by promoting the growth and development of the Liberian economic through this viable institution.
Over the years, the management team under the skillful administration of Mr. vonBallmoos as Director General, Mr. Nya D. Twayen Jr., as Deputy Director General and other professional staffs in the employ of this institution have all won the admiration of the Liberian people, a situation that has given rise for them to be retained in their respective positions at NASSCORP by the Liberian President.
The intuitive leadership exhibited at NASSCORP by the vonBallmoos and his team of professional managers and staff has publicly clutched the eyes of Liberians who welcomes and lauding the developmental gains of this viable public corporation over the years.
NASSCORP’s visible social services to the Liberian people from its resource generation has been lauded, including the construction one of its multi-million dollars commercial complex at the cost of US$11 million in June of 2014 in Paynesville, specifically at the ELWA junction being occupied by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has proven to the Liberian people that yes indeed, NASSCORP is making available to the Liberian their taxes accrued.
During its delegation, the Director General of the Corporation, Mr. Dewitt vonBallmoos described the structure as a long term investment that will help raise revenue for the Liberian Government, and expressed delight that the US$11million used to construct the building was exclusively raised by the corporation without a loan or borrowing from any commercial bank, what a laudable move on the party of the management team of this corporation.
Another marvelous and significant laudable initiative on the part of this notable public corporation, the NASSCORP is the construction of several housing units to be rented out to the public by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.
There are also plans for the construction of schools and a Police station, “Currently, there is a construction of school, hospital as well as Police station at the housing units already constructed.” The Director General in a chat with a local journalist noted.
At the same time, he maintained that the housing units are intended for people who can afford to buy it as required. NASSCORP Village Housing Estate construction is part of the NHA five thousand affordable housing units and home ownership ad mortgage program formulated in 2012 in collaboration with the Housing Sector Working Group.
To tackle the Liberian healthcare system, the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) under the administration of vonBalmoos’ led team has acquired a property next to its commercial complex currently been housed by the Liberia Revenue Authority to be used for a diagnostic center to help modernize the nation’s healthcare delivery system.
Accordingly, the paramount concern of the management team of NASSCORP is to decentralize the operations of the services of the corporation throughout the Country in order for every Liberian to have access to its services and benefits.
The Mission of Social Security Administration in Liberia is to provide future financial security for those under the schemes -employees of both public and private sectors of Liberia in the event of occupational injury, old age, invalidity or death.
The National Social Security and Welfare Corporation will strive at all times for corporate excellence in providing quality social protection services through the following: Quality staff, Sound financial management, High yield and viable short-medium term investments, Effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation system.
Its core value has always been to endeavor to administer good governance through the following: Responsiveness, Integrity, Reliability, Accountability, Efficiency, Excellence, Mutual Respect and Team Work.
It has been concluded and pleasing by Liberians, many of whom who spoke to this writer noted that the decision by the Liberian Chief Executive to retain both Director General and Deputy Director of the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) was in the right direction, and will serve as a way of motivating other public officials to remain committed to their call of duty.
This writer has concluded and concurred with the Liberian leader and Chief Executive of Africa’s oldest independent nation, Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by retaining both officials at NASSCORP is in the nationalistic cause of the nation and will also encourage other public officials to be committed at their various assigned positions.
The question why President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf retained the top management team at NASSCORP is indeed justifiable.
Written by Joel Cholo Brooks