SSNIT deploys an electronic system to facilitate the payment of dues

The program would also implement policies to make it easier for people who want to be added to enroll.

This was revealed on Wednesday in Accra by the Director General of SSNIT, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang during a meeting with leaders of churches and Christian organisations.

The forum was part of SSNIT’s efforts to extend and deepen the coverage of the national basic social security scheme to the self-employed.

According to DrOfori-Tenkorang, it had become necessary to extend coverage to workers in the informal sector not only to increase the number of active members and contributions to the scheme, but also to ensure that every worker in Ghana enjoys social protection.

This, he added, would help reduce poverty and over-reliance on family relationships and friends in old age.

Explaining, he said that the SSNIT scheme offered unique benefits and offered value that no other pension product in Ghana offered, adding that the scheme also gave greater value to members’ contributions invested.

‘The Trust pays a minimum pension by subsidizing the pensions of retirees whose wages were appallingly low during active service,’ he said.

“It also pays a disability pension regardless of age and with a minimum contribution and also provides a life insurance policy by paying survivors when a member dies,” he listed.

The Director General also called on the media to be cautious in reporting on SSNIT and also to focus on the benefits of the program so that more people are encouraged to join.

He also urged participants to ensure that the message they had received was passed on to their members by educating them on the importance of securing their future.

In his remarks, the former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Ghana, Bishop DrAboagye-Mensah commended the leadership of SSNIT for launching such an initiative to extend coverage to the self-employed.

He said that although some ministers had retired and received a monthly pension from SSNIT, which was supplemented by in-house benefits paid by the church, most of its members, largely self-employed, did not report to the SSNIT. no structured social security scheme.

He noted that the church has a responsibility to promote the holistic development of Christians in the country by ensuring that adequate preparation is made for a better life when people retire from active service.

“Most people think the SSNIT scheme is for formal sector workers. In the past, SSNIT has not reached out enough, but I am happy that we have this commitment today,” he added.

The meeting brought together representatives from the Ghana Christian Council, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Church of Pentecost, Methodist Church and Action Chapel, among others.

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Elaine R. Knight