The seventeen officers have been part of the several hundreds of colleague officers in Makeni, north – east of Sierra Leone, who struggled to withdraw their membership from the Life Insurance Scheme in April 2016, over what they better described as ‘poor and inefficient service’ of the National Insurance Company.
Investigation reveals that the officers’ contributions kept running into the Insurance Company until 2016, devoid their withdrawal from the monthly contribution scheme. A staff at NIC in Freetown, who gave his name as Foday, confirmed the NIC owing the police officers; but insisted the delays in refunding their monies could be related to what he called at – the – time run of their monthly salaries into the contribution scheme. “Which is against the rules and regulations of the NIC operations”, the acclaimed Foday said on the phone line from Freetown.
Until several batch of the affected police officers had to mobilise to the NIC offices along Poultney Street in Freetown, the Insurance Company was still reluctant to paying what due its clients. The last batch of the officers that traveled from Makeni for their monies stormed the NIC offices in May 2017 and had their monies paid in June 2017. One of the affected officers retorted: “Does the NIC actually intend to dupe us poor police officers?”
Despite the NIC staff’s refusal to disclose details on the phone line on the core agreement, sources say the similar highly affects other clients in some other parts of the country, an allegation the said NIC staff – Foday said on the phone line he could not deny or confirm but rather his boss.
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