By Enock Akonnor firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang has underscored recent inclusion of dynamism in the running of SSNIT as one of the reasons for the upsurged in the number of workers signing up to their pension scheme.
According to the Director General for SSNIT, part of the current progress is associated with the ongoing regional sensitization on a program dubbed; Self-employed Enrolment Drive (SEED), an initiative aimed at encouraging self-employed persons to sign up onto the SSNIT scheme so as to insure their incomes for a pension payment life.
Dr. Tenkorang says before the commencement of the sensitization, only 14,000 self-employed persons were registered unto the scheme “but today we have recorded about 57,000 within a year”.
“The growth is tremendous…I think the future is very bright.. The number suggests that people actually want to join the scheme because the benefits that we offer are enormous and second to none”.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of a day’s engagement with leadership of the various informal sector unions under the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kumasi-Ashanti region on Wednesday 18th October, 2023, the Director General mentioned that the way officials have run SSNIT in the past few years is a testament to the fact that they “want to do right for our people”.
Up-to-speed and promptness in payment now characterises the status-quo, saying “when you put in your pension claim, on the average within 10 business days, the pension is processed and it’s cued for the next month payment.
We have not defaulted on any pension payment and we have made ourselves accessible”.
Aside transparency, the introduction of the Ghana card and its inclusion in the scheme according to him has accounted for the tremendous progress.
Merging the Ghana card with the SSNIT card, he said they have been able to roll out easy ways for self-employed people to make payment via momo.
The Ashanti region’s version of the nationwide engagement held at the GNAT hall in Kumasi came into fruition after officials had done that of Tamale, Bolga and Sunyani.
It aimed at sensitizing leadership of the various informal sector unions under TUC on the SSNIT SEED.
The program allows all workers in Ghana especially those who don’t work in offices to also get the chance to insure their incomes with so that they too can get a pension payment in life.