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The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) office in Clarendon has honoured nine stalwarts, for their long and outstanding contribution to the scheme.
Carmen McLymont-Bryant, Minna Edwards, Wilma Johnson, Gavin Brown, Dalton Robinson, Audrey Lewis, Rosalee Johnson, Cynthia Beckford and Dawn Fearon, were recognized at a special service held on Sunday (April 9) at the May Pen Baptist Church, to mark the NIS’ 40th anniversary.
“We take this opportunity to properly recognize their long and distinguished service to the public sector and invaluable contribution to the Jamaican society through their enormous passion for the poor and vulnerable, whom we as a Ministry serve,” said Lilieth Bryan, NIS Administrator, in her citation to the awardees.
Delroy Palmer, Clarendon Parish Manager for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, told JIS News that, “over the years, the contributions of these employees were excellent. They were the foundation persons, who started the whole process of national insurance and the efficiency of the scheme that we are running now, so it was through these employees that we continue to improve on the efficiency.so that today, we can cut costs and see more benefits coming from the programme”.
Minna Edwards, past parish manager who is now a social worker, told JIS News of her rewarding years at the Ministry, having started as a temporary clerk in 1966.
“I had satisfaction in seeing to the needs of all the persons I came in contact with and to make sure that all persons at all possible times, were satisfied with the benefits they were to receive. It was a pleasure working with the Ministry. I feel very good to know that although I have left the system officially, I was called upon to attend this service today. It really reinforces me to help others and I’m hoping that the Ministry will continue to do its work and even more so, to continue to touch the lives of especially the vulnerable,” she said.
Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, in a message read by Councillor Scean Barnswell, said that some 87,000 pensioners island-wide were expected to receive NIS benefits in the 2006/2007 financial year.
She pointed out that the 66.66 per cent increase in overall benefits, which take effect this month, would cost the government approximately $10 billion over the next four years. She further encouraged self-employed persons to join the NIS.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, in a message read by Mr. Palmer, pointed out that the improvements in the amount and range of benefits have been made possible by the close monitoring of contributions by the NIS staff and prudent management and investment of the National Insurance Fund, which now stands at $42 billion.
Meanwhile, Geraldine Daley, retired registered nurse and pensioner, told JIS News that she was pleased with her NIS income. “It’s on time, it is helping me to be creative in my spending and the joy I feel from this experience, I’m sharing with other persons. For instance, there is a person who is mentally unbalanced and I’ve encouraged her, I’ve applied for her and she’s now getting her benefit too.”