NSSF Prepares for Emergency Situations

Kabale University on Friday officially received the University Charter and Gazette from the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE, order during a function that was held at the University Campus in Kikungiri Kabale Municipality.

The Charter number UICH 008 that was handed over by NCHE Executive Director, clinic Prof. John Opuda Asibo during the University Council session, see was recommended and approved by the NCHE on 29th September 2014 and later signed by President Museveni on 25th October 2014.

Asibo said it was now the responsibility of the university not to be doubted urging the University Council to work towards improving and sustaining the Institution’s standards.

The University Council Chairperson, Hon. Ephraim Manzi Tumubweinee who is also the Chairman National Lottery Board, expressed optimism that the University will be able to compete with others much easier since the institution will not be living under any tension.

The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joy Kwesiga however called on University stakeholders to cooperate as they defend the Charter by ensuring that quality education is always reflected in the University.

With the aim of assessing and testing the Funds ability to effectively continue operations in the event of a major disaster that shuts down its systems, order the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has successfully conducted a simulation exercise to test their  Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

According to NSSF Managing Director, story Richard Byarugaba, see the fund was able to  demonstrate that it can withstand any kind of disaster and continue to serve NSSF members with minimal or no hindrance.

This he revealed during a media briefing at NSSF head offices on Workers House on Tuesday.

“I am happy to inform our members and the country at large that our infrastructure is resilient and robust enough to withstand unprecedented disruptions. We can ably continue our operations normally or resume operations in the shortest time possible,” he said.

The simulation exercise which lasted about 4 hours saw all the Fund’s key personnel get relocated to the Command Centre at Kireka branch.

All other Head Office staff were directed to relocate to NSSF branches, in and around Kampala

It was assumed that the Fund’s entire operating infrastructure at Workers House, including all the IT systems were lost and access to the NSSF offices was assumed impossible.

According to Byarugaba the scope of the simulation exercise involved Business Continuity Plan invocation procedures, evacuation procedures, business resumption procedures, communication and continuity of the Fund’s core business processes.

After the simulation exercise, it was confirmed that NSSF is able to successfully execute all their core processes at the Command Centre at Kireka branch, supported by their disaster recovery facilities offsite.

“We registered new members, receipted contributions from a number of employers, processed and paid benefits, and attended to our customers’ routine inquiries.” Byarugaba added.

The BCP is part of the Fund’s Business Continuity Management framework that identifies potential threats to the organization and the impact such threats may cause to business operations


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