SSNIT poised to roll-out scheme for informal sector

Dr John Ofori Tenkorang, Director General of SSNIT

Dr John Ofori Tenkorang, Director General of SSNIT

Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), is to launch a separate scheme for the informal sector.

The scheme, which would be distinct from the current tier one, would offer more flexibility for contributions to be made via mobile money.

Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang, Director General of SSNIT, who disclosed this, indicated that efforts were being made to secure a Legislative Instrument (L.I) to back the new scheme.

He was speaking to newsmen here, on Tuesday, during a special exercise dubbed, “SSNIT Mobile Clinic,” where officials took transactions to the public.

About 250,000 transactions including new registrations, changing of beneficiaries, are being undertaken nationwide for this year, under the five day exercise.
In 2017, 200,000 transactions were made in a similar exercise.

Dr. Tenkorang led officials to visit the locations for the exercise including Juaben, Trede,  Konongo and Nkawie.

The ‘mobile clinic,’ he noted,also aimed at creating public awareness on the importance of social security benefits.

He said efforts were underway to ensure that small scale business entrepreneurs would have easy access to the SSNIT schemes stressing that “supervision will not be manpower but will deploy heavy electronic and information technology to facilitate the interactions.”

The Director General was of the view that member some of the public felt intimidated visiting the offices of the SSNIT for transactions hence the ‘mobile clinic’ which makes them feel more comfortable.

He said that, SSNIT was poised to provide income to workers of businesses and institutions to ensure they retire with income security and comfort.

Dr. Tenkorang urged all and sundry to be serious with the SSNIT scheme to ensure they retire in comfort and security.

Some of the new members who interacted with the Ghanaian Times commended the officials for the ‘mobile clinic as it had saved them from transport cost and making it easier for the transaction.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI 

email
Print Friendly

Leave a Comment