The local adage, “there is no short cut to heaven is being pointed to the Managing Director of the National Insurance Company (NIC), Mr. Arthur Yaskey who is still marking time to take his retirement exit from the National Insurance Company(NIC). He has been ordered by the Board of Directors not to sign cheques or give administrative directives to any member of staff as he has been considered not a part or parcel of the establishment, but a retiree whose contribution to the company over the years has been a disgrace and an eyesore to the public and a dissatisfaction to progressive members of the company seeing the downward trend of a once progressive establishment.
If a meeting that has been scheduled to take place today by the Board of Directors of the Company is materialized and not postponed, the fate of Mr. Arthur Yaskey would be properly cemented. News about the intervention of State House on his behalf to overstay in office has been received with mixed feelings, not only by staffs and Directors of the Board, but by a cross section of the public who see the action as unfair and not in the interest of national development and equality before justice. Several people randomly interviewed by this medium on the issue of State House dictating who should proceed on leave to retirement or not, citing Mr. Arthur Yaskey as example that State House has intervened and even dictating to the Board on his behalf to wait until the return of the Secretary to the President, Mr. Osho Coker who is on vacation, respondents have criticized; firstly the author of the letter and secondly the action itself, which to them has several interpretations that are no good for governance, “What is good for the goose, should be good for the gander” they said, and added that if the NIC Boss is due to proceed on leave to retirement because he has attained the age of sixty years, there is no reason why State House should pamper him or reverse the decision of the Board and the civil service code”.
Correspences are now flying, right, left and centre between and among representatives of the National Commission for Privatization, Mr. Arthur Yaskey and the Coporate Secretary with specific directives, but the response from Mr. Kofi Addai to Mr. Yaskey’s letter may have helped to contain his assumption that the decision of State House remains tight, which to many is not for corporate development and harmony, more over; the response has further exposed the NIC Boss of not telling the truth “This is totally untrue. Please get the facts right” Addai responded with strong words uncovering what may have considered to be lies and went on again “Therefore, your statement is a fallacy”
As if Mr. Frederick O.Kofi Addai is prepared to send the NIC Managing Director who is refusing to take his retirement exit to a philosophy class or a Civil Servant refresher course, he asked him “Do you know of a different retirement policy that we are not aware of?”. Prior to this question, Mr. Addai has informed him about the retirement age in Sierra Leone “Please note that the NCP is not micro-managing your retirement. I believe you must be aware that the retirement age in Sierra Leone is 60 years and your sixtieth birthday was on the 6th of July, 2012…” (See next edition)