Develop innovative business ideas to transform lives – DG, SSNIT advises students

The Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT),Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang has admonished students in the various tertiary institutions to come up with innovative business ideas that will help transform their lives and their communities.


He explained that the current global economy demands that the youth come up with good business ideas before graduating from the various campuses.
“Our campuses still remain a fertile ground for cultivating ideas and dreaming the seemingly impossible,” he said.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang was speaking at the SSNIT Info shop seminar held at the campus of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
Held in partnership with the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG), the programme was to sensitise students on the activities of the Trust while encouraging them to take their studies seriously.
It also offered the platform for the staff of SSNIT to register the students with the Trust.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang further indicated the need for the nation’s youth to address the issue of impossibility by being passionate about actualising their dreams.
He appealed to the business community to ensure that they engage students from the tertiary institutions due to the innovative and creative ideas by the youth.
“I am very fond of universities because of the fresh ideas that come out of such places, and even better because most of the dreamers are young,” he said.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang further admonished the students to register with the Trust and ensure that they contribute towards their retirement.
He noted that, without adequate planning, they would not be able to enjoy their retirement.
He indicated that the programme was to help the students to appreciate how SSNIT could assist them prepare and take control of their life before and beyond 60 years or in the event of permanent invalidity.
“The primary objective of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is to ensure retirement income security for workers and to ensure that every worker, who does, receives retirement and related benefits, as and when they become due,” he said.
He also said: “Everyone is exposed to the contingencies of old age, invalidity and death. It is therefore within this context, that social security becomes necessary”.
The SSNIT Info Shop, he said, was a great platform for personnel to interact with the next generation of contributors and share with them some activities of the Trust.
The organisation, according to him, would support a limited number of final year students who would pursue research topics on social security, retirement planning and its related areas.
Dr Ofori-Tenkorang further indicated that, SSNIT was in discussion with management of the university for a slot during their annual orientation programme and hall week celebrations, saying, “this is our approach to sensitise and socialise the next generation of workers”.
“We will work with USAG to identify, train and empower on campus SSNIT marshals who will be our partners and carry on with the work after this beautiful function.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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