Management of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has called on the media to be whistle blowers on organisations who have refused to comply or enroll their workers on the scheme or intentionally failed to pay their workers contribution to the trust, for actions to be taken to ensure those organisations comply with SSNIT.
In a media briefing in Wa on Monday, 23rd December, 2019, the Tamale branch manager of SSNIT, Mr. Braimah Nayo S. indicated that the self-employed who formed the chunk of worker population has not been captured enough and many establishments have still not registered their workers on the trust hence his appeal to the media to help fish out those establishments to be enrolled on the trust. He added that, social security has now been viewed by the international labour organization as a human rights issue and therefor needs full compliance.
“We would very much need partnership with the media in the area of voluntary membership, the self-employed who formed a chunk of worker population in the country have unfortunately not been covered enough, the media who are present at all time is therefore the best medium to help reach the populace to enable us create the expected awareness. Management is also appealing to the media to assist in our collective efforts at improving compliance to the scheme, many establishments out there have still not registered to pay social security for their employees, even as we have officers in the field to exact compliance, we believe the efforts of the media will be complementary in achieving total compliance. Social Security, according to the International Labour Organisation has become a human rights issue and must be seen by all as such” he stated.
He also outlined some of the reasons that made it imperative for workers to be enrolled on social security noting that, it reduces old age poverty, adding that, it provides generosity in payment of the minimum pension of GHC300 which is higher than the minimum wage rate of GHC287.55 which is usually paid to pensioners who during their active life time contributed on very low salaries such that their take home pension is nothing to write home about.
The branch Manager again noted that, SSNIT has made its services easy and convenient by way of introducing mobile clinics where the services of SSNIT could be accessed easily without one having to travel to the head or branch offices. He noted this has been done across the country and the Tamale area has gotten its share of the clinics in Tamale township, Bunkrugu Napkanduri, Salaga, Garu Timpani, Bongo, Tumu and Nadowli.
On payment of invalidity benefit, Mr. Nayo described it as another show of generosity the scheme has for its members stating that “a member, irrespective of his age, who contributes for only twelve months within the last thirty-six (36) months before the occurrence of invalidity, qualifies invalidity pension till death. In addition to that, when the pensioner is able to recover, no matter how long he or she had enjoyed that pension, he is allowed to rejoin the scheme and continue to contribute from where he stopped until he qualifies for old age pension”.
The trust however called on its members who are yet to go through biometric registrations to kindly do that before January 31, 2019 or stand the risk of getting their names deleted out of the system until they go through the biometric registration.
“The trust would like to once again remind all pensioners who are yet to do the biometric registration to visit the nearest SSNIT branch to do so by 31st January 2020. Alternatively, all pensioners with mobility challenges should contact us on 0302611622 to schedule home visits”.