This year’s edition of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Mobile Service Week is scheduled to take place across the country on 30th August, 2021 to 3rd September, 2021 as the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, will host the launch of the event.
The SSNIT Mobile Service (SMS) Week is an annual event staff of the Trust pitch camp at various locations across the country to bring the services of the Trust to the doorsteps of its Members and Clients.
The exercise, which will be observed under the theme “Retirement Security for the Self – Employed: Join SSNIT Today as a Voluntary Contributor”, forms part of the Trust’s efforts to constantly engage with its Members and the public by focusing on member and client satisfaction.
Speaking during an interview, the Corporate Affairs Manager of SSNIT, Ms. Afua Sarkodie, noted that the 2021 SSNIT SMS seeks to educate self-employed persons on the importance of joining and contributing to the SSNIT Scheme as voluntary contributors.
“Since the current Pension Scheme is voluntary for self-employed workers who dominate the informal sector, most of them are reluctant to pay because they do not understand how important it is to contribute”.
“This year, we are educating such people on the Scheme on its benefits to enable them join, contribute and earn benefits upon retirement just as their counterparts in the formal sector”. She said.
She explained that the theme has been translated into various local languages to resonate with the people within a particular locality.
2021 SSNIT SMS
The event will provide SSNIT branches opportunity to educate Members and the public about their rights, responsibilities and benefits under the Scheme.
This year, SSNIT staff will be at 59 locations across the country to bring the Trust’s services closer to Members of the Scheme and the public.
A number of major activities will be undertaken at the event. They include: issuance of Statement of Accounts, biometric registration, employer registration, SSNIT and NIA numbers merger, benefits processing and renewal of Pensioner Certificates.
The rest are submission and validation of Contribution Reports, retirement advisory services, resolution of compliance issue and general inquiries.
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is a statutory public Trust charged under the National Pensions Act, 2008 Act 766 with the administration of Ghana’s Basic National Social Security Scheme.
As the operator of the First Tier of the Three-Tier Pension Scheme, it replaces part of lost income of workers in Ghana due to Old Age, Invalidity or Death of a member where lump sum payment is made to dependants. It also pays Emigration benefit to a non-Ghanaian member who is leaving Ghana permanently.
The SSNIT Pension Scheme has a registered membership of over 1.6 active million contributors. In June 2021, the Trust paid a total of over GH¢250 million to some 232,924 pensioners.