The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has launched its Mobile Service Week at the forecourt of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly in the Northern Region.
The SSNIT Mobile Service is an annual event where SSNIT officers move from their regular office setting to pitch camp at vantage locations across the country to bring its services closer to their Members and Clients.
The Mobile Service Week affords stakeholders who may be too busy to visit the branches or remember to use the Trust’s online platforms the opportunity to transact business with the Trust at their convenience.
The exercise is expected to end on Friday, 3rd September, 2021. This year, the week is being observed under the theme “Retirement Security for the Self –Employed: Join SSNIT Today as a Voluntary Contributor”.
Speaking during the launch, the Director-General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, in his keynote address, indicated that this year’s event focuses on encouraging self-employed persons to join the SSNIT Pension Scheme so they could retire and receive pension during their old age.
He explained that the theme was chosen to draw the attention of stakeholders, especially workers in the informal sector, to the benefits of the SSNIT Pension Scheme and the need for them to join.
“The SSNIT Scheme is the only insurance scheme in Ghana that pays people for life. Every worker, irrespective of the sector or the nature of their work, deserves this kind of coverage and peace of mind”.
“That is why we are out of our offices this week, encouraging workers, especially the self-employed, to join the SSNIT Scheme as voluntary contributors,” he added.
He indicated that in spite of the commentary about perceived low pensions, no pensioner has discredited the relevance or benefits of SSNIT pensions in their lives, insisting that “with the SSNIT Scheme, what you put in determines what you get”.
Benefits of the SSNIT Scheme
Self-employed, like other Members of the Scheme, stand to receive Old Age (Superannuation) Pension; Invalidity Pension or in the event a Member passes on, the benefit is paid to the validly nominated dependants as Survivor’s Lump Sum Benefit. For those who are unable to contribute for the minimum 180 months, their contributions is refunded with interest.
The SSNIT boss called for support from all stakeholders as the Trust embarks on a campaign to woo players in the informal sector, so that the self-employed can also benefit from the Basic National Social Security Scheme.