Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang, Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has hinted that as part of measures to enhance service delivery, SSNIT will soon introduce an enhanced and interactive self-service portal which will allow Members and Clients to perform a number of activities on the SSNIT’s website.
These activities he said will enable employers to request, view and download a Clearance Certificate, request a negotiation meeting for outstanding debts and also allow members to initiate registration onto the Scheme, view the nominee list, check member information, and initiate and track benefits applications, among other activities.
Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang who made the disclosure at the launch of its annual Mobile Service Week at Ho in the Volta Region said pensioners will also be able to renew their Pensioner Certificates and view all Pension Payment Advice.
“I am happy to announce that in about a week from today, members can pay their contributions using MoMo and pensioners can also opt to receive their pensions through MoMo (E-LEVY exempt) and by the close of the year, the SSNIT App will be fully functional”, he added.
He announced that the Trust in September 2022, paid a total of GH¢ 281.07 million to some 230,831 pensioners with the highest pension earner receiving GH¢ 142,564.97 per month, while the lowest-earning pensioner getting GH¢ 300.00.
He mentioned that the SSNIT Pension Scheme has an active membership of over 1.7 million.
He lamented that self-employed workers in the country constituted the largest working population however, most of them have no social security cover and therefore, pleaded with them to register for the Scheme and enjoy the benefits since it was in their interest.
“We assure you of our commitment to vigorously pursue and enrol all workers, especially the self-employed”, he emphasized.
This, he explained that the Trust recognises that the self–employed and workers in the informal sector form the majority of the 10 million or so workers in Ghana, and like their colleagues in the formal sector, they also deserve a pension.
“The SSNIT Scheme is one of the surest ways to reduce and prevent poverty among the aged. So instead of re-echoing the misconceptions of low pensions which tend to discourage most self-employed, let’s share with them the value SSNIT provides and inform them that if their contributions or premiums are high, then their pensions will be high”, he said.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang further encouraged the public to support the Trust’s campaign by urging their families and friends within their circles to sign up for the Scheme and enjoy the benefits the Scheme offers.
SSNIT Mobile Service Week
The SSNIT Mobile Service (SMS) Week is an annual event that provides SSNIT branches with the opportunity to pitch camp at various locations across the country to bring the services of the Trust to the doorsteps of its Members and Clients.
A total of 69 vantage locations have been selected across the 16 regions of the country to provide services to Members and Clients to enable them to access the services of the Trust with ease.
Services being offered include the issuance of Statements of Accounts, registration of employers and workers, benefits processing initiation, renewal of Pensioner Certificates, merging of SSNIT and NIA numbers, and general enquiries about the business and operations of SSNIT among other services.
The event which is being observed under the theme, “You also deserve a Pension: Join SSNIT today” begins today, 3rd October 2022 and is expected to end on Friday, 7th October 2022.
The SMS Week will also provide the Trust with the opportunity to intensify the education of members and the public about their rights and responsibilities under the Scheme as the Trust seeks to sign on more Members, especially, self-employed workers onto the Scheme.
The celebration is aimed at raising awareness of the value of customer service, rewarding employees for the significant work outputs, improving morale in the workplace and building on teamwork among other reasons.
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT or the Trust) is a statutory public institution charged under the National Pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766 as amended by Act 883) with the administration of Ghana’s Basic National Social Security Scheme.
Its mandate is to cater for the First-Tier of the Three-Tier Pension Scheme. Currently, the Trust is the largest non-bank financial institution in Ghana.
The SSNIT Scheme replaces part of the lost income of members due to old age, invalidity or upon the death of a member, where nominated dependant(s) receive a lump sum payment.
It also pays emigration benefits to non-Ghanaian Members who are leaving Ghana permanently.