A total of 1,484 persons are receiving Invalidity Pension benefit from the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
Year on year (January to June), the percentage growth rate of persons under the Trust's Invalidity Pension Payroll increased by 13.71%, as Gh¢8,807,870.29paid within the period in 2021 comparedto Gh¢7,745,522.32 paid in 2020.
Addressing participants during the launch of the 2021 SSNIT Mobile Service Week held at Tamale, in the Northern Region, the Director-General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang noted that in July 2021 alone, a total of GHS1.66 million was paid to these invalid pensioners.
"These individuals, some of whom are as young as 30, "are living financially independent lives because they joined the SSNIT Scheme", he indicated.
2021 SSNIT Mobile Service
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 which began on Monday and ends Friday, September 3, 2021, is being observed under the theme "Retirement Security for the Self –Employed: Join SSNIT Today as a Voluntary Contributor".
In his keynote addressed, Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang, 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 themewas 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 are 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, to enable workers in the informal sector contribute to the SSNIT Scheme and enjoy the benefits thereof.
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