By Lamin Njie

Staff at Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation have said they are ready to take on President Adama Barrow over his termination of their leader Momodou Camara.

President Barrow in a statement on Friday said that the services of Mr Momodou Camara “will be terminated with immediate effect.”

“We stand by Momodou Camara and we’re ready to go to any length in ensuring that this decision is reversed,” one staff told TFN on Friday.

“We’re going to meet and we’ll call a press conference on Monday to announce what we’re going to do.”

Another staff said: “I just saw the statement from the office of the president saying Mr Camara is going to be terminated. We’re not going to allow it even if it means the country is going to burn.”

Mr Camara is the deputy internal auditor at Social Security. He is also the president of the staff association.

His termination comes as the president decides to reinstate the corporation’s managing director Muhammed Manjang after almost three months of suspension.

Mr Manjang was put on administrative leave in August 2018 following a longstanding ruckus between him and his staff.

A panel commissioned by the President in September – shortly after Mr Manjang’s suspension – was tasked to look into the crisis. The panel had since finished its work and had submitted a report to the president.

A statement signed by the President’s press secretary on Friday said “President Barrow has reviewed the report and recommendations of the independent fact-finding/investigative panel on the crisis involving Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC).”

“Having closely reviewed the report, the following decisions have been taken: that administrative leave of the Managing Director, Mr. Muhamadou Manjang will be lifted and that Mr. Manjang will be duly notified in writing by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (the line Ministry) to resume duties,” the statement said.