It was few weeks ago that the Freedom Newspaper published a story that the newly hired Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation (SSHFC) staffers were loaned brand-new vehicles by Gambia’s only pensioners agency without successfully finishing their six months employment probation. In the said publication, we also published a vehicle that was loaned to Mama Linguere Sarr. SSHFC insiders said our exposure of Ms. Sarr’s car doesn’t go down well with the new hire. She reportedly told management that she wasn’t comfortable driving car since it had published online. She was allocated another new car, according to insiders.
THE PREVIOUS CAR THAT WAS LOANED TO MAMA
One of the insiders said he couldn’t understand why MD Muhammed Manjang would okay such a request. The insider decided to secretly photograph the new car given to Mama. “Here is the new car they allocated to her. That’s the picture. Let them allocate her another car,” he remarked.
Mama Sarr is a Director at the SSHFC. She was recently hired to work at the Corporation. She used to live in Sweden prior to her home return.
MD Manjang has recently employed some of the people who defended him online during his debacle with the SSHFC staffers.
OLD STORY PUBLISHED
THERE IS A CAR LOAN SCANDAL AT THE SSHFC-INSIDERS CLAIMED; AS MD MANJANG APPROVES THOUSANDS OF DALASIS CAR LOAN FOR NEWLY HIRED STAFF-MAMA SARR AND CO
September 23, 2019
Inside Gambia’s Social Security, Housing and Finance Corporation (SSHFC), there is an outcry among some disgruntled staff, who have accused the pensioners agency Managing Director Muhammed Manjang of allocating car loans to newly hired staff without allegedly following the company’s employment probation period procedures, Freedom Newspaper has been reliably informed. Some of the staff, who whose loan applications were approved were allocated close to one millihundred thousand dalasis. The staff had served less than two months into their employment with the SSFC. Among them was was Mamalinguere Sarr, the newly hired Admin Director. Ms. Sarr was given a car loan of D970,000 dalasis. Mama’s assistant one Ynakuba Manneh was allocated a car loan in the sum of D825.000 dalasis. Public Relations Director Fakuba Njie was also allocate a car loan of D960,000 dalasis.
Under SSHFC rules, newly hired staff are required to finish their probationary hiring period of six months before they could be confirmed for employment, according to some long serving staffers of the parastatal. Yankuba had been hired less than three weeks ago, and he has been approved for car loan, one insider said.
One of the staff went as far as taking picture of Mama’s newly loaned car. “Here is Mama’s new car,” one insider claimed.
It is not clear if the SSHFC Board had approved the said loans.
Under the loan arraignment, the company will pay fifty percent (50%) of the loan, while the newly hired staff are required to pay the remaining fifty percent (50%) of the loan, according to one insider familiar with the story.
Paul Correa is the Chairperson of the SSHFC Loan Committee. He and Manjang had played a vital role in ensuring that the loan applications for the new hires were approved, another insider remarked.
MD Manjang could not be reached for comment.