The Director General of the National
Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), Mohamed Fuaad Daboh, on Tuesday, 22nd August 2023, played host to a high-powered delegation from the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) at his Walpole Street office in Freetown.

Explaining the reason for the visit, the President of WACS, Professor Ezoeme, expressed his gratitude to the Director General for the warm reception and
congratulated him on the enormous efforts made by NASSIT to transform the pension sector in Sierra Leone. He stated that the entire sub region and, of course, Africa was aware of the strides made by NASSIT, adding, “We are proud that a small country like Sierra Leone is making a huge success in the pension sector”.

According to the Professor, “The West Africa College of Surgeons (WACS) is the largest surgical training institution in Africa, established in 1969 to provide postgraduate training in general surgery, anaesthesia, otorhilaryngilogy, obstetrics and gynecology”.

The WACS President informed the Director General that the college had been providing training for more than forty years, and stated that the conference to be held in Sierra Leone would be the largest congregation of surgeons in the continent, with over five hundred participants.

This congregation of medical surgeons, according to the president, is rotated from one member country to another. He informed the meeting that Sierra Leone would be hosting it for the second time, the first being in 2008.

Professor Ezoeme further stated that the Regional Executive was aware of the enormity of the challenges local chapters encountered in their bid to host a successful conference. “It is against these challenges that the executive visits every hosting chapter to engage with political authorities and key stakeholders to solicit support for the local chapter,” he explained.

“We are therefore kindly asking NASSIT to support this worthy venture by making available the Freetown International Conference Centre to the local chapter for the said conference,” he concluded, while calling on the Director General to extend congratulations to the President of Sierra Leone, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, on the successful conduct of a peaceful election in Sierra Leone.

Responding, the Director General, Mohamed Fuaad Daboh, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of NASSIT, welcomed the delegation to Sierra Leone, and particularly to his office.

He said his office was overwhelmed by the visit of high-level professionals like the West African College Surgeons, adding that he was enthralled by the convergence of such prominent African Professionals in their bid to give back to society.

Mr. Daboh intimated to his audience that the conference would be one of the unforgettable gifts in the annals of Sierra Leone, given the huge benefits associated with it, as it would bring to light the power of collaboration and beauty of Africa, stating, “For sixty-four years, Africans have been coming together to celebrate their success in Medicine, he asserted.”

He assured the team that NASSIT would its best to support a successful conference for the good of not only the Sierra Leone but the entire sub region.

#Courtesy of NASSIT.