Patrick M Ayota has been appointed as the Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) by Betty Amongi, the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development.
This appointment, spanning a duration of five years, follows a recommendation made by the NSSF Board of Directors to the Minister.
This recommendation aligns with Sections 39 and 40 of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Act, as amended.
Dr. Peter Kimbowa, the chairman of the NSSF board of directors, conveyed this appointment through a media statement.
He noted that Ayota had been serving as the acting Managing Director for the past eight months, effectively maintaining the stability of the Fund during a challenging phase.
Dr. Kimbowa expressed confidence in Ayota’s ability to lead the Fund during a pivotal juncture, especially considering recent legislative changes that require the Fund to take a leading role in expanding social security coverage to all citizens of Uganda.
The statement, issued on Friday, also assured NSSF members, stakeholders, and the public that the Fund’s trajectory remains steady and aligned with its 2015-2025 Strategic Objectives.
Who is Patrick Ayota?
Patrick Ayota, 62 years old, became a part of NSSF in July 2011, initially serving as the chief financial officer. In November 2017, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Managing Director.
He was also entrusted with overseeing the Fund’s strategic function until the expiration of his five-year contract as Deputy Managing Director on October 29, 2022.
Upon the conclusion of his contract alongside that of Managing Director Richard Byarugaba, both Ayota and Byarugaba expressed their readiness to continue serving, in line with the NSSF Human Resources Policy and Procedures.
It’s notable that the mandatory retirement age at NSSF is 60.
In December of the previous year, the board renewed Ayota’s contract and designated him as the acting managing director until the process of selecting a permanent managing director was finalized.