Stats SL in a ceremony at its headquarters on Friday 21st February 2020,honoured three of its former staff who recently attained the mandatory retirement age of 60. This was the first time that Stats SL as an institution was honouring retired staff by way of a ceremony in which certificates and plaques for meritorious service to the institution were presented
In his statement, ,Moses Williams who himself had retired after 27 years of service to the institution before being appointed as Chairman of the Statistics Council by his Excellency, Rtd.Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, said that he was delighted that under the new administration at Stats SL, deserved things were now happening. He said such kind of a send-off for retirees had never happened during his 27 years of service at Stats SL but that he was happy that the right actions were now being taken for retirees irrespective of rank ,after their term of service. He thanked the Statistician General for the initiative which he termed as a novelty
In a short talk, the Deputy Statistician General, Andrew Bob Johnny who himself has worked at the institution for 25 years and counting, said that he was happy that after administrations come and gone, this administration had recognized the need to honour people who had served the institution with dedication and commitment. He advised the retirees to continue doing worthy things with their lives post retirement and prayed that the almighty God keep them longer
The Statistician General, Professor Osman Sankoh (Mallam O), thanked the staff all of whom he said he used to interact with before they retired. He underscored their diligence in the execution of their duties for which he says he will forever be grateful. He said, as a leader, he values everybody no matter your rank in an institution and that was epitomized by the fact that 2 of the 3 retirees being recognised are drivers. He concluded by saying that the institution holds the retirees in high esteem and though now retired, they should not hesitate to bring to him whatever idea they think could better the institution whilst citing the Alumni Association of Stats SL, which he says will be a gathering of ex workers of Stats SL, which his management is working on forming.
In his statement, David Gbaya Kokoya, who had spent 13 years at the institution and who until his retirement was Officer In charge of the Data Science division, said that he is thrilled for this recognition especially in this fashion as he never imagined that this will ever be done upon his retirement .He thanked management for the idea which he says he will remember for the rest of his life
Margai Mansaray who had spent 17 years at Stats SL and who until his retirement was a senior driver expressed appreciation for the honour and dedicated his certificate to his lovely wife. He advised all the current drivers most of whom he had worked with, to be obedient and committed to the job which he says was a factor that made him spend that long in the institution
Alex Wurie who also had spent 17 years at the institution and who also rose to the rank of Senior Driver until his retirement said that this day will forever linger in his heart. He said they as retirees feel loved and honoured by the special recognition event and thanked the management for the brilliant initiative
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