The 65-year-old bed-ridden pensioner, Mr. Paul Kenneth Kwame Benyih, whose cheque for his retirement benefit lump sum payment could not be traced at the Koforidua office of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), is dead.
He passed away on Friday, August 14, and was buried the next day, Saturday August 15, at his village at Kofisah, on the Nsawam-Coaltar Road, because the family could not afford to preserve the body for a befitting burial.
At the Koforidua SSNIT office, the branch manager, Mr. Mohammad Achaab, said records indicated that Benyih’s lump sum was paid in 2013.
He, however, indicated that his outfit would investigate to find out who collected the money in his name.
The branch manager further explained that if it was found out that the money did not get to Mr. Benyih, SSNIT would pay the money to his beneficiaries.
It is recalled that The Ghanaian Times on August 15, published the story of Mr. Benyih, in which he appealed to the Director General of SSNIT, to help trace the cheque of his lump sum retirement benefit.
Mr. Benyih, worked at various periods at the Central Revenue Department in Cape Coast, Ghana Timbers Ltd. at Takoradi, and COCOBOD at Koforidua.
He claimed that because SSNIT did not take into account his records at Ghana Timbers Ltd, and COCOBOD, but rather added a company, Modern Brains Ltd where he never worked to his records, he did not collect the cheque.
From Samuel Opare Lartey,Koforidua